Students rally together to raise funds for Ukraine

Over the last two terms, students involved in the Barry Currie Stage Band and Feet ensembles have collaborated with Ballarat Grammar School to hold a Ukraine Benefit Concert. Their determination and drive to raise funds for Ukraine resulted in a fundraising performance which will be held at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts on 6 August.

“Earlier in the year, after seeing the war on TV, I felt compelled to help and, after brainstorming a sausage sizzle or bake sale, I landed on the improbable idea of a fundraising concert,” said Y11 student, Georgina Kemp. “We thought that the more local people involved the better, which saw our joining with Ballarat Grammar School, who have been amazingly supportive.”

The concert will see almost 40 performers and volunteer helpers participate. All proceeds raised will be donated to Ukraine Crisis Appeal Australia, which will provide emergency relief and longer-term humanitarian support to people and communities affected by this unfolding crisis.

“I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be able to tangibly help those affected by the Ukrainian crisis, especially as I have family living in Kramatorsk,” said Performing Arts Leader, Sophie Clarke. “Music has such a strong influence on my family and the Ballarat community and, through music and doing what we love, we invite the community to contribute to this important cause.”

“The crisis in Ukraine is far from over, with over 12.8 million people displaced,” said Georgina. “We have to rally together to make any contribution we can and make a difference for those in need.”

Tickets for the Ukraine Benefit Concert are available at

The online auction, which will run through until the end of next week, is accessible via