Current Issue #488

A guide to bushfire fundraisers happening around Adelaide

As South Australia, and the country at large, endures its worst fire season in recent memory, our creative and hospitality communities have stepped up with a series of fundraisers. Here’s what’s been announced so far.

While the damage wrought by this fire season has been shocking, the rallying of communities around the country to dig deep to support firefighting efforts and the recovery of those affected has been heartening.

Unsurprisingly, this has led to a flurry of benefit gigs, fundraiser events and other drives to raise much-needed funds. To help spread the word we’ve added a Bushfire Fundraisers category to our Adelaide Review Event Guide, along with this here round up, which we’ll be updating continuously as more events are organised and announced.


The arts community has been particularly quick to respond to the relief effort, from the Bad Dreems-led Fire Aid at Lion Arts Factory in February and a main stage benefit gig at The Governor Hindmarsh this weekend to a series of smaller shows around the city.

Food and wine

The devastation seen in the Adelaide Hills before Christmas struck an obvious chord with wine lovers around the country, and our food, wine and hospitality industry quickly stepped up. In addition to the campaigns below, social media has been flooded with countless businesses announcing they will be donating portions of sales to the recovery effort – hop onto your favourite cafe or bar’s social media presence to see what they’ve rustled up.

Duncan Welgemoed

Additionally, high profile Adelaide chefs including Africola’s Duncan Welgemoed and Emma McCaskill are auctioning off a series of dining experiences to raise money for affected winemakers and the CFS.

Bushfire appeal


Twitter has been a flurry with Australia’s literary community rallying around the #AuthorsForFireys campaign, with many of the biggest names in Australian publishing auctioning off rare and/or signed books, book club appearances, dinners and various other prizes to raise money. Participating local writers include Burial Rites author Hannah Kent and Dyschronia writer Jennifer Mills.

But, of course, the most immediate way to support the bushfire recovery effort is simply to donate right now. Here’s a selection causes that are worth exploring but, obviously, it’s worth finding

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