NZ musicians create online and global telethon to fight homelessness

By Online News

As part of the Music is Love- Hope for the Homeless concert, Aotearoa musicians are creating the very first online and global telethon to fight homelessness. 

Tomorrow,  the charity concert will bring together artists including The Houses Down, Sons of Zion, Tomorrow People and Che Fu as well as local talent. 

All funds will go towards Te Puea Marae who has been hosting the homeless for two months. 

The musicians were inspired by the Marae's tireless efforts to house homeless families living in their cars and streets.

Local companies SPARK, the NZ Racing Board and Virtualticket.tv, will assist the bands to livestream the event to homes around the country and overseas to raise awareness for the cause.

Sons of Zion lead singer Riapo Panapa says the opportunity to livestream the charity concert as a free, broadcast quality event was exciting for all involved.

“At the end of the day, we want to gain as much support as possible for those most at need in our community.

Being able to stream this event globally just means more people are able to offer support and help with donations during the night,” he says.

The bands and artists will visit Te Puea Marae the day after the concert to deliver the funds raised from ticket sales and donations to the give a little link that will be onscreen during the live stream broadcast.

All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder and broadcaster John Campbell will both feature as MC’s on the night of the concert among other personalities who are supporting the fundraising effort.

The online telethon kicks off at 7.30pm until midnight on Thursday and can be viewed online via Virtual Ticket, from anywhere in the world.

Music is Love – Hope for the Homeless will be held on July 14 at The Studio on Karangahape Road, one of Auckland’s most popular live entertainment venues.

Tickets are available now from www.dashtickets.co.nz

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