This year’s Rockin’ 4 the Homeless line-up will bring three Aussie rock supergroups together for one big show to raise money for the community’s most vulnerable.
The Hoodoo Gurus, The SuperJesus and Def-FX have signed on to perform for free at the gig, which will be held at the Eatons Hill Hotel on July 17. It will also feature seven local bands including Team Utopia with rock guitar legend Bob Spencer, who has played with The Angels, The Skyhooks, Rose Tattoo, The Choirboys and others.
Event director Dan Nebe and his team of dedicated volunteers organise the annual event, which raises money for The Breakfast Club of Redcliffe.
The organisation provides more than 12,000 meals, emergency food parcels, housing and service information, supplies, phone charging and a safe space for connection and support for isolated and vulnerable homeless people facing complex issues each year.
“The goal this year is to get The Breakfast Club mobile. Australia may be wobbling its way through economic recovery, but the reality is that COVID has made it a lot harder to put food on the table for a lot of people,” Mr Nebe said.
“All musicians are donating their time for this gig and the aim is to raise enough money to buy a ‘you beaut’ van for the Breakfast Club that can be kitted out to travel to those members of the local Moreton Bay community who, for whatever reason, can’t get in to the centre themselves.”
The Breakfast Club Director and Chairperson Michelle Gilcrest is grateful for the support.
“Rockin’ 4 The Homeless (R4TH) does, as a community, something we could not do alone. It pays the bills and changes lives. R4TH is everything to us,” Ms Gilcrest said.
COVID-19 forced the cancellation of last year’s concert, but Mr Nebe called on his contacts in the music industry to record an album to raise money for the charity instead.
But with the easing of restrictions, Mr Nebe has called on his mates again to bring ‘one hell of a rock’n’roll show’ to the region. It will presented by One Agency.
The Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner said the band was proud to be part of the event again.
“R4TH raises funds to support Dan Nebe’s amazing work with The Breakfast Club, a community program that provides nourishment - both physical and emotional - for some of the most neglected people in our society,” he said.
“Whether someone is homeless, elderly, poverty-stricken or even just simply lonely, The Breakfast Club is a welcome outpost of generosity in an uncaring world.”
The SuperJesus frontwoman Sarah McLeod said the R4TH team went above and beyond to help people in need.
“They’re relentless in their pursuit to raise money and they do it in such a fun way. Rock’n’roll gigs and the auctioning of rock n roll memorabilia, a couple of beers and a few laughs, it’s always a good time for a good cause,” she said.
Def FX’s Fiona Horne said: “Def FX are excited to reform for R4TH and to join amazing musos, The Hoodoo Gurus, The SuperJesus, and Team Utopia rockin’ out to raise money and provide support and awareness for people in need. It’s going to be epic”.
Tickets are on sale from 9am, June 1. Numbers are limited due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions. Visit eatonshillhotel.oztix.com.au
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