Following the success of last year’s Christmas Project, ‘Busking for a Change’ is back, and this time organiser Jeffrey Jordan is aiming for it to be bigger and even better.
Last year saw Jordan, along with co-organiser Erick Dela Paz (EDP) raise over $1600, which went directly into purchasing hampers that were distributed to the homeless in Melbourne, filled with socks, food, water, and even Christmas cards to help spread the Christmas cheer.
“Being Christmas time; for me seeing all these people buying these gifts for their families in Melbourne, and just seeing them walk past all these homeless people, you can just imagine how they would feel,” Jordan explains. “It’s probably the worst time of the year for them. It’s a time that may make them miss the times that they had a really nice Christmas, or if they’ve never had a good Christmas. This is us trying to say, well you deserve a good Christmas too. We want to spread that true Christmas meaning of giving gifts to people who don’t have that and who are less fortunate.”
The event will be an all ages, all day and all night public music charity event, boasting an incredible lineup of incredibly talented local musicians and dancers who are willing enough to perform for free to help raise these funds for the homeless. With over 20 artists on the lineup, performers include Madeline cope & band, Lord Holani, Yung JuiceBoxx, Libby Leissner, Dean Cockerell, Isabelle Khalife, Just Friends band (Melb), among many others.
With live music, drinks at the bar, a raffle give away and a sausage sizzle, what’s not to love? And it’s ALL for a good cause. They’ll also have the weekly Sunday night Disco in the karaoke room next door for those wanting to have a dance and party on into the night. Beav’s himself will be donating a percentage of the purchased drinks on the night to the cause, so the more you drink, the more you raise.
This year, the boys are hoping to raise over $2500 to not only have enough money to help Melbourne’s homeless, but also the homeless in our community, right here in Geelong. The idea is simple. For a donated 10 dollars upon entry (children are free), all money raised at the event will go towards filling hampers to hand out to the homeless for Christmas.
“There’s no middle man or anything, purely all the money goes towards this. That’s what the main thing I want from this event is, just to show people where the money is going; there’s no mystery to where it’s filtered through,” he says.
This year there will also be a big Christmas at the event where all are welcomed to put their own wrapped presents and cards under the tree which will also be added to the hampers. Doesn’t matter how big or small, your special gift will mean more to them than you know.
“At the end of the day we are raising awareness that as musicians and as a community we can inspire help and love towards the unable,” he says. “We are just people doing it for the people.”
If you do have something to give, place your gift under the Christmas tree at the event on Sunday. Alternatively, drop your gifts in to the Forte office and we will take it to Beavs on event day for you.
When & Where: Beavs Bar, Geelong – December 10, from 2pm.
Check out the video of last year’s project.
Written by Talia Rinaldo