Voices for Change: an intimate, star-studded benefit concert in Sydney

Some of the finest performers in Australia will be coming to the Seymour Centre’s Sound Lounge on Monday 28 September to raise their voices for the AusCam Freedom Project.

The evening will be hosted by Genevieve Lemon (Seventeen) and leading musical theatre performers will be on hand to sing during the night, including Monique Montez (Mo Award winner), Mark Simpson (Dogfight), Mark Vincent (Dirty Dancing), Madeleine Jones (Once), and Lisa Schouw (Girl Overboard).

Genevieve Lemon
Genevieve Lemon

These stars will join emerging young artists and the Voices for Change band for an intimate night of music and joy.

 

The AusCam Freedom Project is “dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of young Cambodian women who have experienced trauma in their lives through violence, poverty, abandonment, homelessness, sexual exploitation or human trafficking.”

AusCam provide access to support services such as personal development classes & rehabilitative therapy as well as lessons in life-skills, creative arts & English classes.

“We are humbled to be able to assist the very important work of the AusCam Freedom Project and to have its founders Julie and Geoff Dowse present to tell us a little more about their mission to provide opportunity, choices and freedom to these young women so that they feel empowered, valued and supported,” said Meagan Caratti, Producer of Voices for Change and a survivor of domestic violence.

Meagan said “I don’t believe you need a reason to want to protect children – it is their birthright to a safe place and our responsibility as adults to ensure their safety.  It’s about being brave enough to say hey – this happened, and I refuse to buy into the shaming so often heaped on kids to stay silent about situations beyond their control. If that means sharing my story to help & inspire others – so be it.

“I began Voices for Change as a way to give a voice to the voiceless and to raise awareness and much needed funds for children in need of the basic human rights  of food, shelter, education and a safe place to be themselves.”

All the performers have donated their time, and all proceeds will go directly to AusCam Freedom Project.

Voices for Change is on Monday 28 September at 7:30pm at the Sound Lounge in the Seymour Centre, Chippendale. Tickets are $39, though booking fees may apply. For more information and to secure a ticket, visit www.seymour.com.

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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