The Sydney Opera House lights up to support firefighters and bushfire affected communities
The Sydney Opera House lit up its sails on Saturday night in a show of support for those in fire-ravaged communities and the firefighters who are still fighting the blaze.
The colourful display featured images from photographers who have been capturing the fires that have been going on for months.
The message is a positive one and has a special focus on the moments of solidarity and hope that were captured on camera over the last three months.
CEO of the Sydney Opera House Louise Herron said that everyone at the iconic venue wanted to show their gratitude and support.
“We are lighting the Opera House sails to show our collective support for everyone affected by these devastating fires and to express our deepest gratitude to the emergency services and volunteers for their incredible efforts and courage,” she said.
“As difficult circumstances continue, we want to send message of hope and strength to the people of Australia.”
Even NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian used the occasion to express her own thanks to the hundreds of volunteers across the state.
The Sydney Opera House team also intends to raise funds for fire-affected communities via a comedy gala.
Comedy Steps Up will be held on the steps and forecourt of the Sydney Opera House in March and will raise money for Bushfire Relief.
Joel Creasey, Kitty Flanagan, Urzila Carlson and Tim Minchin are just some of the comedians that will appear at the gala performance.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Wildlife Victoria and WIRES.