The Living End and Area-7 will perform a benefit show for the Animal Rescue and Sanctuary Centre in October.

The animal shelter is run by The Living End’s long-time manager Rae Harvey. The shelter was dealt a huge blow last year when the main building that Harvey and her partner lived in burned down.

“I’m overwhelmed with the support and empathy my friends have shown us since that awful night a year ago today”, Harvey said.

“This benefit will go a long way towards helping us help more animals sooner. I’m blown away that not only the bands have generously donated their time, but also the crew, poster artist, publicist, booking agent, ticketing company and venue – thank you all for helping us help them.”

The funds will be used to rebuild the shelter, and to assist with the relocation of several kangaroo orphans in the interim.

“Rae Harvey has managed TLE for 20 years”, the band wrote in a statement, “and aside from being a great manager and friend, she’s also been incredibly passionate about the wellbeing and protection of animals. When her dream of opening up an animal shelter literally went up in flames a year ago naturally we wanted to help. The funds from this gig will go directly towards setting up Wild 2 Free.”

Orphan kangaroos! C’mon now. The show will be on October 28 (it’s a Saturday for those with their calendars still on the June or July page) at the Croxton in Melbourne.

Tickets are onsale now through OzTix for around $50 or so.

Write a Letter to the Editor