War Child is marching into Australia for the first time.
The U.K.-originated charity will stage its inaugural series of gigs Down Under through a partnership with ARIA Week, the first of which features British alternative rock outfit The Wombats.
Founded in 1993 by film-makers David Wilson and Bill Leeson, War Child embraces music and the arts to help children caught up in the horrors of war.
The debut Australian show under the War Child Presents banner will see The Wombats will perform Nov. 27 at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, with all money raised for humanitarian causes.
You can’t just buy up tickets to see The Wombats. You’ll need some luck. For a chance at securing entry for two, make a $10 donation to the charity. If you win, you’re in (There are limited tickets available as well). If you don’t, you’ve donated to a charity with a long track record for helping the youngsters in need.
War Child Australia’s inaugural ARIA Week show is many months in the making, and counts on partnerships with Secret Sounds, Comes With Fries, Warner Music Australia and The ARIAs. Its team is looking to build on the success of the War Child Presents shows in 2019 and, in time, create an annual portfolio of events to engage supporters to further raise awareness and support for its work.
“We can’t reach as many children that are in need of our support without Australian support,” Sheena Bourke, global partnering manager at War Child, tells TIO.