Rapping and running for fire relief

HP Boyz, of Hampton Park, will headline Empire R&B''s bushfire relief fundraiser.

By Mitchell Clarke

Narre Warren’s Empire R&B nightclub will team up with the mega popular HP BOYZ to host a bushfire relief fundraiser from 9pm on Friday 10 January.

With $12,000 already raised, all door proceeds from the night will be split evenly and donated to the Red Cross and CFA.

Empire spokesman Carlo Paduano said these two charities were chosen after much consideration.

“After much investigation, we decided these two charities were the closest to the heart of the bushfires and being able to help people in need,” Mr Paduano said.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with all the firefighters, families, animals and all others that have been affected by the bushfires.”

Hampton Park rap group HP BOYZ will headline the night after approaching the nightclub with the idea of a bushfire relief concert.

“They wanted to do their first ever Melbourne show in the south east to raise money for the CFA and Red Cross, so we joined forces with them,” Mr Paduano added.

“And so together, HP BOYZ and Empire R&B booked a line-up of local south east artists from the Casey area to put on a show to raise cash.”

Rounding out the line-up is DJ Horizon, referred to as Australia’s best R&B DJ, famous for headlining Austereo’s RNB Friday’s.

He’ll join Melbourne producer and DJ Joel Fletcher, Rockafellas and ESG, who have all agreed to perform for free.

Over 400 people have already purchased tickets and more than 1000 people registered their interest on the official Facebook event, where tickets can be purchased.

For those wanting to nurse their hangovers the next morning, Beaconsfield’s New Fit Personal Training will host a marathon training session from 8am on Saturday 11 January, with all funds being donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

NewFit owner Michelle Newman said the event was a fun way to raise much needed financial support to assist in the devastation caused by Australia’s current bushfire crisis.

“It’s my bit to help, to do the best I can to help others who are less fortunate than I am at the moment,” she said.

“I thought why not change our boot camp into something a little bit more meaningful?”

Participants will complete 42.2kms of rowing, riding, walking or running, and Mrs Newman has even vowed to participate.

“It’ll be fun, intense but rewarding and I’m going to participate with my clients as well, so it’ll be great,” she laughed.

Entry to the boot camp is $15, but participants can donate more if they’re in a position to.

“I don’t have a figure in mind, I’m just hoping to raise as much money as possible,” Ms Newman said.

“I’ve got some very generous clients and a few who can’t make it down here on the day have said they would match what we raise.”

To register, visit the NewFit Facebook page.

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