Rogers Donates $10,000 To Australian Flood Fund

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January 24, 2011 | 8:55pm EST

Country superstar Kenny Rogers has kicked off his tour of Australia by donating $10,000 to the nation’s flood relief fund.
The Coward of the County singer has been left shocked by the images of flood devastation, which hit the states of Queensland and Victoria earlier this month. Thousands have fled their homes and it is feared that at least 25 people have died.

Before Rogers’ first show Down Under in Tamworth on Sunday, the singer handed over $10,000 to help victims of the environmental disaster.

He tells the Australian Associated Press, “The other day I was watching the news and I realized what a real tragedy this is for so many people.

“If you hear 5,000 people were killed, you can’t really relate to it, but if you hear one family has an incredibly touching story, you realize that could have been you. This is a devastating thing for your country and it doesn’t look like it’s over with yet.

“You see it on television, you see it in newspapers but until you actually witness it, I don’t think any of us can really appreciate what a terrible, terrible thing this is.”

Rogers also reveals he will be staging collections at each of his gigs in Australia and has urged his fans to give “change for change”.