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 www.bendigoforhomelessyouth.com or call into any Bendigo Bank branch. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

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