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Making it rain dollars for firies in Byron

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With a running total currently at$100,000 in tickets sales and donations and a further $80,000 so far in auction item bids, the Make It Rain 2020 Fund for the Firies 2020 has been a huge success, with more to come.

Chris Hemsworth. Photo Jeff Dawson.

The event hosted by the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay featured performances by Bernard Fanning and Ian Haug, Wolfmother, T’N’T, Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins & The Loose Rubber Band, ARC (members of Spiderbait/You Am I/Jet/Even), Jackson Carroll, Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups (feat. The Buffalo Gals) and Monica Frances.

And if that wasn’t enough, Chris Hemsworth who announced last week that he and his family are donating $1 million to assist with the bushfire recovery, and all-round super wonder woman Celeste Barber, whose social media blitz has seen a gigantic $50,821,509 (as we type) added to the coffers, were both on deck last week to help the show along.

With the hope of making the final tally even larger, there are several items on the fundraiser website with bidding open until this Friday, January 17 at 11.55pm.

Tex Perkins. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Items for sale are:

Matón SRS808 S-N 18300 guitar signed by Powderfinger
1 hour training session with Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky
A tennis lesson or game for 3 people with Pat Rafter
Etching by acclaimed artist and social commentator Ben Quilty (artist proof)
A Golden Ticket + 1 for the Fortitude Music Hall to all publicly ticketed concerts at the venue in 2020
Share the surf with world champs Mick Fanning & Joel Parkinson – the original core lords of power and style somewhere near the QLD/NSW border
A surfboard personally owned and signed by Stephanie Gilmore
A personal styling session at Spell & The Gypsy Collective boutique with Isabella Pennefather, champagne and a $5oo tab at the shop

Jimmy Willing and The Buffalo Gals. Photo Jeff Dawson.

You and 3 mates join the legendary Stone & Wood head brewer to brew your very own beer
Half-day songwriting session with Bernard Fanning + full day recording session at Ian Haug’s Airlock Studios
Local farmers market + 2-hour cooking class with master chef Shannon Bennet + Manu Fieldel as sous chef & sommelier
Dinner for 4 with Simon Baker at Harvest Newrybar

For more information or to make a bid on any of the auction items,visit: makeitrain2020.com.au.

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  1. what a great way to raise money, well done to all the musos and celebs who donated their time,
    I went on Tuesday night and it was awesome, such a great vibe and some of our best bands all coming together. Nice work byron and beyond.


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