Kenny Rogers kicked off his Australian tour January 23 with a surprise donation of $10,000 to flood victims in the state of Queensland. The Australian floods have left a trail of destruction causing billions of dollars in damage.
Kenny was moved by the story of the Cook family, who lost their home in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley. “The other day I was watching the news, and I realized what a real tragedy this is for so many people,” Kenny told reporters in Tamsworth last Sunday. “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.”