After smashing her original goal of raising $20,000 fourteen months ahead of schedule, Mel Yeates decided she would take her fundraiser nationwide. Since December 2016, the Australian singer songwriter has been travelling Australia with just herself, her guitar and her car, to raise money for Beyondblue and Love Your Sister.
Mel has set a new goal to raise $100k for those charities, and with support from local companies, she has been making her way across Australia, tackling cancer and mental illness one gig at a time. To show your support for her cause, head down to the River Royal Inn, Morpeth in NSW this Friday the 17th of March. To follow Mel’s journey, head over to her Facebook page and check when she’s coming to a venue near you or donate to her directly through her Gofund Me page.
From her Facebook Page: My name is Mel Yeates and I am raising $100,000 for beyondblue (anxiety and depression awareness) and Love Your Sister (cancer research).
I started off with an initial target to raise $20,000 in 20 months for these charities, and managed to smash this in less than six months! I even got to meet Australian actor and LYS founder Sam Johnson, who came up to help me host a fundraiser at Mt Hotham.
From December 2016 I have been traveling my way around Australia, busking, playing gigs, and attending fundraisers that people have organised. I’m pretty excited! I can’t wait to meet everyone, and have some amazing experiences! I will be going through every state and territory in Australia, so keep an eye out for me!
I have already received some generous donations:
Goodfellows Car Rentals has given me a car to use free of charge for the year I’m on the road!
Elixir Strings have sent me a huge pack of strings for my guitar!
Rolland are sending me a loop pedal to use for my trip!
It’s already been such a rewarding journey, and I can’t wait for the experiences I’ll have over the next 12 months!
If you own a pub and have a free spot for a gig, please contact me! If you’d like to organise a fundraiser (such as a trivia night, bingo, barefoot bowls etc) please contact me and we can bounce some ideas around! Let’s work together to help those who suffer from depression and cancer!
The mental health statistics within Australia signal a need for change in the way we approach mental illnesses. As many as 1 million Australian adults are experiencing depression with 2 million more burdened by serious anxiety. On average 8 people take their lives every day in Australia and 1 in 5 employees within the workforce are likely to be experiencing mental health illness.
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