On any given night in Australia, more than 44,500 people are homeless. Nearly half of these are under the age of 25. Surprisingly, there are over 700 children in Bendigo who don’t have a stable living environment; they just need a home.

To combat this growing local issue, a group of Bendigo musicians have combined their talents to write, record and release a charity mini-album.

The album will feature Bendigo artists Albert Skipper, Leigh Turner, Taylor Sheridan, Rowds 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.

The album will be officially launched at a gala fundraising dinner on Saturday 20 October 2012 at the Bendigo Town Hall. The dinner will include guest speakers, including Father Bob Maguire, a charity auction and live entertainment.

Our aim is to raise $100,000 to leverage further funding from philanthropic donors, transforming our community contribution into a $500,000 donation towards a housing project being developed by locally-based, community housing organisation Haven.

Almost 40 per cent of Haven’s clients are aged 30 or under, so money raised will go directly towards providing a long-term solution to the challenge of youth homelessness in our community.

To make a lasting difference, we need the support of our community. That’s why we’re encouraging as many people as possible to attend our fundraisers on the third Sunday of the month, buy tickets to our gala dinner, make a donation or purchase a BFHY wristband or T-shirt. Remember all proceeds will go directly to our cause!

For more information about how you can make a difference, please contact Luke Owens on luke@bendigoforhomelessyouth.com.au

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