Concerts in Australia and Hong Kong have raised considerable funds in support of survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunamis.
Concerts in Australia and Hong Kong have raised considerable funds in support of survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
The "Reach Out To Asia" concert, held Jan. 8 at the Sydney Opera House, raised A$20.5 million ($15.3 million) for those affected by the Dec. 26 disaster. An all-star concert in Hong Kong the previous day generated HK$33 million ($4 million) for tsunami relief efforts.
In a landmark for Australian television, the three major free-to-air networks -- Seven, Nine and Ten -- united to simultaneously broadcast the Sydney concert and hold a telethon.
Alex Lloyd, Kasey Chambers and Noiseworks were among the performers. The latter act, who reunited for the concert, announced they would donate proceeds from their new Sony BMG hits set to charity organization World Vision.
The Australian telecast drew an audience of 8.6 million --almost half the country's population. The concert was also broadcast through the state-owned ABC to five Southeast Asian countries.
Details of a second star-studded Australian benefit called "Wave Aid" are to be announced Wednesday (Jan. 12). It will be held Jan. 29 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with performances by the John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Pete Murray and others.