We’ve all seen the news; Australia is facing their worst wildfires in decades, with giant blazes tearing through the bush, woodlands and homes. While 10 million hectares are already suspected to have been destroyed, relief efforts are well underway with charities and local organisations working tirelessly to help the people and wildlife that have been affected. There is something you can do to help too; these places in London are hosting fun events to raise money for fire services, wildlife rescue and humanitarian assistance, discover them all here.
Skylight is offering a pretty unique way to raise money, with an Australia Day special on their rooftop ice rink. Should you choose to don a pair of skates and zip around the Tobacco Dock venue, you’ll be rewarded with an Aussie-themed BBQ, delicious drinks and the chance to win prizes at the raffle, with 100% of entry money going to Wildlife Rescue Australia (WIRES), New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Country Fire Authority (CFA).
If Liverpool Street is your usual stomping ground, then make sure to swing by Be At One on the 5th February as they’ll be hosting an event dedicated to the cause. Not only will there be music, entertainment and games, but there’s also a raffle for SA Country Fire Service, Wildlife Victoria and Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund. The top prizes? £200 bar tab at Notting Hill Arts Club, two £50 bar tabs for Be At One, bottles of Champagne and plenty more.
Music more your thing? Check out the night that the band HUX are hosting at The Wheatsheaf. You’ll get to dance the night away to top London talent knowing 100% of the ticket money will be split between the Australian Red Cross, NSW Rural Fire Service and the SA Country Fire Service. Topping it off, Australian brewery Little Creatures are donating beer for the occasion, and giving all of their proceeds to the charities involved too.
Roadhouse is renowned for its debaucherous nights out, fuelled by live music, flair bartending and a banging happy hour, and now they're using this reputation for good. They’ll be hosting their biggest Australia Day party to date, with live music and DJs playing Triple J’s hottest 100 until the early hours. With the bar's menu of juicy burgers and hand-crafted cocktails, there’s even more reason to go and contribute to the Red Cross fundraising.
Do you love gin? Well, now you can taste your way through Aussie’s finest from the Yarra Valley, with all of your ticket money going to the Salvation Army’s Bushfire Relief. The Star of Bethnal Green will be doing its part by welcoming the Four Pillars team for a guided tasting, featuring four of their signature exotic blends and an expertly-paired tonic to accompany. With tickets at just £8 a pop, it’s purse-friendly and all for a good cause.