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Concert to raise money for Homeless Project Denmark

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Terry MacKintosh performs.
Camera IconTerry MacKintosh performs. Credit: Sarah Makse/ Albany Advertiser/Albany Advertiser

Denmark residents can enjoy some local live music and a night of dancing while raising money for the Homeless Project Denmark.

The group of volunteers behind the initiative aimed at tackling homeless in Denmark has organised a live music fundraiser on Saturday.

Denmark’s country blues music duo Punk’n the Preacher and four-piece band Blue Tongue Lizard will perform live from 7pm onwards.

Homeless Project Denmark’s Terry MacKintosh, who will play in both bands, said people could expect a night of good music for a good cause.

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“It’s going to be great music to dance so people can get up and have a dance while supporting a worthy cause,” he said.

“Punk’n the Preacher will kick off at 7pm and play for an hour, then we will have an auction of some donated items, then Blue Tongue Lizard will take the night out.

“Entry is by donation whether that’s $10 or $50 but its just about coming along and contributing whatever you can which all goes towards supporting Homeless Project Denmark.”

Mr MacKintosh said the money raised on the night would help the volunteers put together food parcels and continue providing emergency accommodation.

“Among other things we provide food parcels, which are put together with donations from the community, to a cross section of people who need them,” he said.

“We provide some emergency accommodation through caravans that either get donated or we purchase, but often they have to be brought up to standard.

“When you mention homelessness people often think of street sleepers, but they’re only a small percentage while many of them are working people with families, single mums, women of 50 years old who struggle with the insane prices of rent at the moment.

“We are also visualising a little further into the future and looking at slowing working towards fundraising enough money to buy some land to produce a longer-term outcome.”

There were just three rental properties listed on realestate.com.au in the greater Denmark area on Wednesday.

Mr MacKintosh said homelessness was an ongoing issue in Denmark.

“People are hurting in our community who are unable to find rentals because there are just none available in Denmark,” he said.

“We know this is a nationwide problem but this affects are community directly.

“These are not just rough sleepers, these are hardworking community members who often have children.

“The need is urgent and we feel this is a community problem and we are the community so if you’re a community member this is an opportunity to help those who are hurting.”

The fundraiser is BYO drinks.

For details, call Terry Mcintosh on 0438 740 565.

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