Youth homelessness is an ongoing problem in Australia, with nearly half of the 105,237 people currently homeless in 13-24 age group.
Melburnians are constantly confronted with the issue whilst walking through the city, and as the nights get colder, it is becoming increasingly crucial for homeless people to find shelter.
In an effort to help, comedian Tom Ballard has put together some of the “finest acts in town” for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival into a show to raise money for charity. The aim of Comedy for Good: A Benefit For Youth Homelessness is to raise funds for Youth Projects, a Melbourne Based organisation that offers employment and support for disadvantaged youth. One of the charity’s main services are night nurses who provide medical aid, mental health support and drug counselling. They are one of only three street night nursing programs in the world.
Previous Comedy For Good shows have featured Tom Gleeson, Judith Lucy, Daniel Kitson, David O’Doherty, Cal Wilson and many others, raising thousands of dollars for Refugee Legal and the the Human Rights Centre.
“Each show will feature a different lineup, so yes, you can come to both and you won’t get bored and you’ll be very cool because you’ll be chipping in even more money for such a great cause,” says Tom Ballard. At only $38 per ticket, it’s a small price to make a huge difference to lives in need, plus you get to see world class comedians.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is running all over Melbourne until the 22nd of April.