Ark Aid – Jewish entertainers rally for Queensland

January 31, 2011 by Henry Benjamin
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Potbelleez star Ilan Kidron has assembled the cream of Australia’s showbiz talent to stage a concert in aid of victims of the Queensland floods…the floods may be off the front pages, but the aftermath is a devastating reality.

Ark Aid will be staged at the Science Theatre in Sydney’s University of NSW on February 8.

Ilan Kidron pic: Henry Benjamin

The top line acts include Kidron and the Potbelleez, Melbourne singing sensation Lior, Monsieur Camembert, Young Elvis, Old Man River and Dov and the Nashama, Morphing. Samantha Brett who write the “Ask Sam” column in the Sydney Morning Herald will MC the event.

All performers are donating their services free of charge and all profits will go to Queensland Jewish Community Services flood appeal. Ari Heber is the man on the ground for QJCS in Brisbane he told J-Wire: “Although the floods are off the the front pages, our work continues and it has been very draining. I will come down for the concert myself and I expect the entertainment will come as some relief. Thanks to publicity of our work reaching Jewish communities throughout the world we have been receiving funds from the U.K., the U.S.A. and lots of other countries. One unexpected benefit was being contacted by Rabbi Avraham Avnit in Sydney who was my teacher thirty years ago. We had completely lost touch. But back in Brisbane, our work is seemingly endless. There is so much to more to fo to get those families who lost everything back on to an even keel. The concert will serve to to remind people that if the floods are no longer daily news, the aftermath is very much a daily reality.”

Rabbi Mendel Kastel, CEO of Sydney’s The Jewish House, told J-Wire:  “Ilan Kidron called me and asked what he could do to help the flood victims so we came up with the idea of the concert. For those who cannot make it or from other parts a $72 donation will buy ‘a brick’ to help rebuild the community.”

Kidron added: “For me, it is a wonderful opportunity to get Australian talent to combine to help the victims…and for me, it is a fitting opportunity to try my hand as a producer for the first time and I am happy to say all is going to schedule and it should be a wonderful evening.”

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