Channel Nine will stage a two hour telethon this Thursday night, in response to the Victorian Bushfires.
Australia Unites will air from 8:30 – 10:30pm, hosted by Eddie McGuire. It will feature entertainers, athletes and personalities.
Updated: So far 183 lives have been lost in Australia’s worst natural disaster.
At least 750 homes have been destroyed and more than 330,000 hectares burnt out, while authorities said some fires could take weeks to contain.
Nine CEO David Gyngell said, “All Australians have been affected by the enormity of this tragedy, and we are putting all our support behind the victims and their families to help them rebuild their lives.”
GTV9 Manager Jeffrey Browne added, “From all of us at Nine, we express our condolences to those who have lost family, friends, property, pets and in a significant number of cases, the certainty of their immediate futures.”
The Nine family has been personally touched by the tragedy after veteran newsreader Brian Naylor and his wife Moiree perished in their family home at Kinglake north of Melbourne.
Donations will go to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund. To make a donation go to www.redcross.org.au, call the toll free number 1800 811 700 or donate via the Commonwealth Bank.
More news as it comes to hand.
Photo: Herald Sun