In Bendigo, there are hundreds of children who are currently without a stable living environment, they just need a home.

Bendigo For Homeless Youth Blog

Tune Into Spring

When: 27th October

Where: Tune Into Spring Festival @ The Big Hill Winery, Bendigo

A jam-packed FAMILY FUN DAY to raise funds to support Bendigo for Homeless Youth and The Father Bob Maguire Foundation.

“Ando’s Fro Must Go” – Local resident and La Trobe University Student,
Mitch Anderson, will have his afro shaved off live on stage

FEATURING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FROM GLOBAL YOUTUBE SENSATION; Igor Presnyakov. (200 million hits, 431,000 subscribers)
Supported by Berlin Postmark, Pat Ward, Talisa Jobe, Taylor Sheridan & The Resonators.

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Tune into Spring 2013 Poster


Phil Lazenby, Goodbye and God bless you

BENDIGO for Homeless Youth Admin would like to express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Phil Lazenby. We were all shocked and saddened at the news of his passing and he will be very sorely missed.

Phil was a champion for the cause. Not just OUR cause, but for ANY causes; for humanity itself. His ability to ‘get things done’ was nothing short of legendary and his passion for helping others achieve their best earned him an exemplary reputation in both his business and personal life.

During the very early days of “Bendigo for Homeless Youth” there was a conversation at Chris’ house one day where Luke, Dave and Chris were discussing what the cause needed and who we could enlist to help. Ideas were thrown around, names were jotted down on paper until finally someone said “..what WE need is Phil Lazenby!”

Phil became part of our efforts through the Lead On foundation, of which he was an integral part. Throughout 2012 he showed his prowess for helping others by helping US with ideas, planning, implementation and ultimately the enormous success of out 2012 campaign.

But he wasn’t just an ‘ideas’ man, he loved to get in and get his hands dirty. Our fondest memory of him during this time is the night of our Gala dinner when, as our charity auction began to slow and wither, Phil dived right in and started bidding on items. With reckless abandon he threw his hands up at every available opportunity, raising the stakes and even purchasing back items that HE HIMSELF had donated to the auction – all in the name of helping US to succeed.

That’s the kind of man we mourn today, one who believed in the power of every person to achieve greatness and make a difference.

Phil, mate, thank you for everything you did to help us out. Thank you for your strength, intelligence and passion. Thank you for standing up for others and for never letting that old adage of ‘near enough is good enough’ stunt your enthusiasm.

Goodbye and God bless you.

Sincerest love and respect,
-B4HY Admin

Thank you Bendigo

We have reached our $100,000 goal, and as promised Haven has raised it to $500,000. This could not have been possible without the community spirit and support that shone through during this campaign. Thank you Bendigo.

Your Bendigo Charity is $70k strong and growing

Thanks to you, we have now raised $70,000 and with your help we can reach $100,000.

We would also like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. With your contribution will go towards helping those Youths who don’t have a home to go to for Christmas, so that in the future they will have.

How can you help?

It’s nearly Christmas, buy a “Home” CD, or a T-Shirt or a Wristband, or simply make a donation.

Buy Home CD’s    Buy T-Shirts    Buy Wristbands    Donate Now  

The campaign is really growing in momentum, and being picked up by major media institutions across Australia, such as ThoughtSpot PR featuring a media release.

Read the media release.

Unplugged for Charity Showcase

Bendigo for Homeless Youth “Unplugged for Charity” Showcase at the Golden Vine Hotel

Saturday, December 1st – 12pm to 12am

Featuring 12 of the region’s most talented artists including:
– Australia’s Got Talent Father & Son duo Cameron & Taylor Henderson
– Superstar Taylor Sheridan
– Classy Tj Jobe
– The Wonderful Penny Larkins & Carl Pannuzzo & more!

PLUS, the first 100 people through the door receive a $50 Ellis Wines voucher courtesy of Ellis Wines in Heathcote. This is NOT a date
to be missed folks, come and enjoy the superb music on display and help us venture closer towards our $100,000 goal for Bendigo!

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Bendigo raises $30,000 for homeless youth

Bendigo for Homeless Youth is now one step closer to its $100,000 target, with local residents contributing nearly $30,000 during a busy week of fundraising events.

Bendigo for Homeless Youth Patron, Keith Sutherland said Bendigo had lived up to its reputation as a dynamic and caring community.

“Our city has long been known as a place where the community comes together to achieve better social outcomes for our people,” Mr Sutherland said.

“Bendigo for Homeless Youth is a great example, with its young organisers working tirelessly to raise funds to help fight youth homelessness in our region.”

“Upon reaching $100,000, Bendigo for Homeless Youth hopes to leverage further funding from philanthropic donors, transforming our community’s contribution into a $500,000 donation towards a housing project being developed by community housing organisation Haven.

“More community support is needed and every one of us can play a part in reaching this ambitious goal simply by making a small contribution.”

Bendigo for Homeless Youth Co-founder, Luke Owens thanked everyone who donated to the appeal or gave their time over the weekend for their benevolence.

“The success of this campaign rellies heavily on the generosity of our community and this weekend proved to us how big-hearted Bendigo’s residents really are,” Mr Owens said.

“It’s fair to say that without the numerous donors, community volunteers and local businesses that provided in-kind and financial support over the weekend our fundraiser would not have been possible, let alone the great success it was.

“With the tin rattle and gala dinner behind us, our focus will now turn to raising the remaining funds through public donations and the sale of a charity mini-album entitled “Home”.

The album features Bendigo artists Albert Skipper, Leigh Turner, Taylor Sheridan, Rowden Kolone, Eliza DeAraugo, Penny Larkins, Talisa Jobe and Sheridan Parry, as well as 2010 Australia’s Got Talent finalists Cameron and Taylor Henderson and Tom Tuena

Copies are available for $20 via our online shop, Bendigo Bank branches and at the following businesses: Bendigo Community Telco, The Bridge Hotel, The Golden Vine, Exchange Restaurant and Bar, Haven and Brazilian Beauty.

People wanting to donate can log onto the Bendigo for Homeless Youth website or call into any Bendigo Bank branch. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

For media enquiries: Stephanie Ash 03 5485 6333 or

#BfHY isn’t just about Bendigo Homeless Youth

You know folks, this isn’t just about Bendigo..

Sure, we are raising money for OUR town to solve OUR town’s problems but don’t think that it stops here. We can never truly know the full impact our actions will have on those who see them from afar.

How many times have you been inspired by something you’ve heard or seen that happened light years away from your own life. Did you seek out that person to thank them for their contribution? – probably not. So, it’s the same for US.

If you are reading this, it’s because you have already shown your support for our cause and what we stand to GAIN by succeeding. If we reach our goal, imagine the shining example that will set for people across the nation. MILLIONS of people.

Who knows, maybe the young man or woman who is destined to cure cancer, or land on mars, or end poverty is watching what we do with great interest, unaware of what their life will one day be about, but all the while being inspired to do THEIR best and achieve THEIR dreams.

So I charge you, our supporters, to do just a little bit more: Buy a CD if you haven’t already.. or buy a SECOND CD and give it to a friend.. invite a couple of mates around and play them the documentary or do something REALLY crazy like open your wallet and donate half of whatever you happen to find in there.. YOU won’t miss that amount, not REALLY – but the difference we stand to make if we REACH $100,000 and have it bumped up to $500,000 is PHENOMENAL!

Thank you all for being right behind us in this and I know I speak for all the B4HY crew when I say we VERY MUCH look forward to being able to post these three little words: “WE.DID.IT”

Sincerely, Chris Morley xx

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Sharon Greenaway supports Bendigo for Homeless Youth

Sharon Greenaway kindly attended our Bendigo for Homeless Youth Gala Dinner and donated her time and expertise to take photos all evening-Please support our kind volunteers and sponsors and find out more about Sharon and her work at …and stay posted for her wonderful photographs covering the dinner!

Tin Rattle, #BfHY Luke and Volunteers

Thanks to all the volunteers, the #BFHY tin rattle, is going well today, raising money for Bendigo homeless youth.

See you all at the Gala dinner tonight…!

Luke shaking the tin

Luke shaking the tin

Home CD Preview

BfHY Update 6th October, CD Recording now done

Hi there BfHY supporters and volunteers.

It’s now only two weeks until the CD launch and Gala Fundraiser at the Bendigo Town Hall.  We’re excited!!!!

The CD

The song is completed, mixed and mastered and is now off for duplication and packaging. We’re very proud of what’s been done so far, thank you to all the talented people who have been a part of it.

After the launch the CD will be available for purchase (a bargain at $20!) through all Bendigo Bank branches, and most of the music shops around town – as well as plenty of others. We will let you know in our next update exactly where you can go for your copy.

Fundraising Donations

We’d like to acknowledge the following business and people who have already donated to the fundraising;
Bendigo Community Telco, Jimmy Possum, Oliver Birch, The LABoratory, Collins/ABC Shop, Phil Lazenby, Puggs Metro, The Rifle Brigade Hotel, The Sourdough Bakery, Spa Eleven, J’s Music, and Bendigo Winegrower’s.

A special donation has also been received from all the artists who performed on the song, they will be signing a guitar for the auction – a chance at getting some real Bendigo talent and history!

There’s room for more prizes and auction items, so please get in touch if you have something to contribute.

The Gala Fundraiser – 20th October

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Gala Fundraiser. Father Bob Maguire Will be talking to us, Taylor and Cameron Henderson and Soul Child will be providing entertainment, and of course we will be performing our song ‘Home’.

For tickets go to Can’t make the evening? You can still volunteer or donate on‐line via

Unplugged for Charity – 21st October

The day after our Gala Fundraiser will be our next Unplugged for Charity event at the Golden Vine featuring The Resonators, Penny Larkins & Carl Pannuzzo, and our own Luke Owens. Come on down!

Tin Rattle Volunteers

Have you volunteered yet? Go to our website and volunteer as a tin‐rattler on the 20th of October, amongst other rewards for our helpers, you’ll get the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the dinner.

Thanks for your support; we look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon – let’s do this for Bendigo!

Luke & the BfHY Team

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