The projection shows images of volunteers, firefighters, and all other emergency crews. Along with those photos are displayed heartwarming messages of thankfulness shared by the affected communities.
Louise Herron, Sydney Opera House CEO, declared that the sails would lit to acknowledge the brave actions of all the firefighters and the emergency crews. And to express support for those communities affected by the devastating bushfires.
“We want to send a powerful message of strength and hope to all the people in Australia,” said Herron.
“Thank you to our amazing volunteers!,” wrote on Tweeter the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Thank you to our amazing volunteers! pic.twitter.com/YEnw2RHVCU
— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) January 11, 2020
“A special recognition goes to all NSW RFS volunteers who gave up their precious time to help others. And the sails of the Opera House are an amazing special tribute sending powerful messages”, said the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The famous sails of the @SydOperaHouse have been lit up in a special tribute tonight. While there have been many people, agencies and groups involved in the bush fire effort, there is special recognition for #NSWRFS volunteers who have given up their time to help others. pic.twitter.com/QEMfGxQz5k
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 11, 2020
The Opera House has also announced that there will be an event which is going to be held on March 16. This unique outdoor performance gala will support bushfire relief efforts.
It will feature a host of Aussie comedians, including Carl, Barron, Joel Creasey, Tim Minchin, Julia Morris, Arj Barker, Harry Shearer, Urzila Carlson, and Becky Lucas.
To help raise money for fire affected communities, @LiveNationOzNz and the Sydney Opera House present ‘Comedy Steps Up for Bushfire Relief’, an outdoor gala on the Opera House Forecourt on March 16, featuring @timminchin, @UrzilaCarlson, @joelcreasey, @arjbarker plus more.
— Sydney Opera House (@SydOperaHouse) January 10, 2020
The money from the ticket sales will be shared among organizations to help wildfire relief such as the NSW Rural Fire Service, Wildlife Victoria, WIRES, and the Australian Red Cross.
In Melbourne, a considerable Stand Up Comedy event has been sold out within minutes. There will be more events around the country that will contribute to raising funds for bushfire relief.
On February 16 in Sydney, a major concert is being planned, which will bring the world’s most famous singers and bends. Recently, the Queen confirmed their participation at the event for the “Fire Fight Australia” gig.
At this significant concert, the audience will see many celebrities, actors, and sports stars as well.
The comedian, Celeste Barber, started a Facebook campaign, and within a week, 50 million dollars have been accumulated.
Although the condition on NSW foregrounds is calming, still around 2800 firefighters are on alert because 130 fires are burning at the moment across the state.
Despite cooler conditions, at 12pm there are still 136 fires burning, 59 are not contained. Conditions have eased across all firegrounds and cooler weather is forecast for the coming 7 days. Around 2,800 firefighters continue to work to build containment lines.#nswfires #nswrfs pic.twitter.com/gRQHJg7BYa
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 11, 2020
According to officials by January 10, approximately 2079 had been destroyed since the bushfires started. Half of these homes had been lost since January 1.
The good news is that the NSW South Coast is “open for business,” and the visitors can now return to Shoalhaven and South Coast, announced the RFS.
The wildfires have devastated the areas of South Australia, Victoria, and parts of WA a well.
The primary threat in Victoria of the previous two weeks is finally easing because the dangerous wind changes the merged and left as it swept in.
The rain that fell in some parts could also bring some problems because flash flooding means the new risk for firefighters.
More than 210,000 hectares with a perimeter of 500 kilometers burnt on Kangaroo Island, and approximately 800 properties are still without electricity, and the travel to the island has been postponed as well.
— Caroline O’Dea (née Morano) (@Caroline_M_ODea) January 11, 2020
The weather conditions helped to calm the wildfire threat in the South of Perth, but still, the firefighters are on alert.
Some roads are currently closed, and the drivers are asked to avoid those dangerous areas because of the smoke.