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Mitch L

Black Saturday:

By laurenz

Click the play button to hear Mitch’s very own podcast as you read!


On the 7th of February 2009 devastation occurred when 400 individual fires started in Victoria.  It affected all the people and animals living in the areas between Bendigo and Healesville.

After the fires were lit they all joined and that was when all the damage happened. Some people think it was started by arson, power lines and machinery.

As a result 3582 fire fighters responded from all over Victoria.  The bush fires tragically claimed over 173 deaths and 414 injuries.  There were 500 animal deaths.  Including Sam the koala who died in hospital.

Meanwhile the rest of Australia and the World donated Money

By Maddavethorn

and clothes to the Red Cross appeal.  It was around this time when Channel 9 had a fund raiser and raised over $80 000 000.  “It was the biggest fund raiser in Australia’s history” John Brumby Said to the Age.

After that there was another fund raiser that raised over $8 million, called Sound Relief.  Sound Relief was lots of bands giving up their time for free to play.  Just a few of the bands were:  Jet (who played at Melbourne and Sydney), Kings of Leon, Midnight Oil, Augie March, Coldplay, Bliss ‘n’ Eso, Icehouse, Crowed House, Hunters and Collectors, Hoodoo Gurus, Eskimo Joe, Olivia Newton John, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Split Enz, Wolfmother, Taylor Swift and many many more.

Overall it was a very tragic event  but it showed how generous Australia is.  It was also great to see how the bands gave up their spare time to play free of charge.


2 Responses

  1. That was really good subject and I didn’t know that many bands were at Sound Relief

  2. Really great work. 3582 firefights,you would expect that it would go out real quick but it was that big. Lots of bands played to get all those funds up to help. Great job!!

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