Today show to broadcast at Dubbo Showgrounds for drought telethon

Karl Stefanovic. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS
Karl Stefanovic. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

The Dubbo Showgrounds will host celebrity guests on Monday, August 20, when the Today show broadcasts a special ‘Farm Aid Telethon’.

The event will broadcast live from 5:30am, and will raise money for  drought-affected farmers.

The wider central west community are welcome to attend. There will be a range of buses available from surrounding towns to pick up people.

Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Georgie Gardner will meet the heroes of the land, interviewing those doing it tough and presenting special reports, all the while encouraging viewers across Australia to dig deep and donate.

The daylong event will also be filled with fun and entertainment with celebrity guests popping by, including your Nine personalities such as Doctor Doctor star Rodger Corser, comedian Magda Szubanski, croc wrangler Matt Wright, and live performances from Shannon Noll, James Reyne, Adam Harvey, Wendy Matthews and Cameron Daddo.

Former X Factor contestant and central west singer Jason Owen will also be performing a song which he has written, with proceeds from its sale going to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.

On the weekend Jason also donated his show profits at Dubbo and Temora to the hay relief charity.

The hosts and their guests will be encouraged to take part in some hilarious stunts and challenges, including mastering the bucking mechanical bull, navigating through a dicey inflatable obstacle course, powering through a high-speed, wood-chopping contest, and much more.

Spectators will also be encouraged to get involved with the opportunity to appear live on national TV.

The special broadcast and carnival atmosphere will continue until 4pm with fun for the whole family – free rides, games, and complimentary food and beverages including a free community sausage sizzle.

So far, Nine’s Drought Relief Appeal has raised close to $4 million.

All donations are being administered by Rotary Australia who will direct all funding to relief organisations who can address the immediate needs of our farmers with the help of the\ National Farmers’ Federation.

Schedule of buses:


Pick up locations:

-Trangie: Railway Station

- Narromine: Railway Station

- Tullamore: Hotel

- Tomingley: Hotel

- Gulargambone: Cafe 2828

- Gilgandra: Visitors Centre.

Pick up -

Vehicle 1:

9:00am- Trangie

9:25am- Narromine

10:00am- Dubbo Showground

Vehicle 2:

9:00am- Tullamore

10:00am- Tomingley

10:40am- Dubbo Showground

Vehicle 3: 

9:00am- Gulargambone

9:30am- Gilgandra

10:15am- Dubbo Showground

Drop off

Vehicle 1:

13:00pm - Dubbo Showground

13:30pm - Narromine

14:00pm - Trangie

Vehicle 2:

13:00pm - Dubbo Showground

13:40pm - Tomingley

14:30pm – Tullamore

Vehicle 3:

13:00pm - Dubbo Showground

13:30pm - Gilgandra

14:15pm – Gulargambone