The St Vincent de Paul Society of NSW is teaming up with Amelie Housing and tech industry band The Moonshine Special for a night of music and fundraising. Amelie Housing is constructing a new housing unit in Albury for 19 men currently living in the existing unit. These men need resources to furnish their new homes so the primary goal of the evening is to raise enough money to get each of these men a complete package of necessities for their new units. Throughout the evening, there will be food and drinks while attendees enjoy live music as well as Instagram photo opportunities, all in the efforts to “make a house a home”.
For over 130 years the St Vincent de Paul Society has been working in Australia to shape a more just and compassionate society. Amelie Housing was established by the society in 2012 as a special purpose community housing development and management subsidiary company to complement the activities of the society in providing charitable services to disadvantaged members of Australian Society. The organisation seeks to “bring hope through housing” to those who are disenfranchised in our society as a consequence of the lack of safe, secure and affordable housing. The Society has recently been selected as a partner to the NSW Government Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) and will thus be building 305 new properties and acquiring 195 properties across the state, including the new housing unit in Albury. This will help those who can’t afford to rent in the private rental market to access homes that are affordable.
Moonshine Special shares a passion for music and making a difference for others by raising awareness and money for charities. The band has been playing together for over seven years and leverages the rich musical history of all its members to create its own driving rock tones with influences covering a range of songs from the music of the Rolling Stones, INXS and the Black Keys. Moonshine Special was formed back in 2008 by members of the Information Technology community as the DD Band to compete with Telstra and Cisco at a battle of the bands event thrown to raise money for cerebral palsy. Following the event the group saw the band as an ongoing vehicle to raise awareness and money for charity and has supported a number of causes.