Exodus Unplugged, an open mic night, to raise money for Exodus Youth Worx

Open mic: (From left) Paul Walker, Montana Wetten and Elizabeth Armanious will be part of the Exodus Unplugged event on Friday. Picture: Chris Lane
Open mic: (From left) Paul Walker, Montana Wetten and Elizabeth Armanious will be part of the Exodus Unplugged event on Friday. Picture: Chris Lane

A dedicated St George TAFE class have helped organise an open mic night on Friday to help raise money and awareness for Exodus Youth Worx and the work they do with young people.

The Exodus Unplugged event, at Exodus’ facility at Rockdale, will include musicians and poets as well as a number of guest performers. There will be food, lucky door prizes and raffles as well the chance for young people from the areas an opportunity to share their talent and raise their voices in a fun, supportive environment.

The aim of the night is to raise awareness of Exodus Youth Worx, a not-for-profit community organisation that works with young people aged 13 to 30 facing immense personal traumas including homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, neglect and abuse.

These challenges inspired a Diploma of Community Services class at St George TAFE to try to do something to help.

Paul Walker and his classmates have helped organise the night, with Mr Walker encouraging young people to make the most of the event.

“We thought that it would be the kind of event that would bring in people from the local area. Everyone enjoys music, it’s a great way to come together. And we thought as well an open mic night gives a great opportunity to people in the local area to get up on stage and share their talent,” he said.

“Hopefully people will come along and share their voice. It’s an open mic night so if people want to come along and bring an instrument we’re encouraging people to get up and participate.

“The facility can host up to 100 people and we’re hoping to fill it.

“The aim of the night is to bring awareness to the work Exodus does but also create a sense of community. We want to give young people the chance to have fun, to come to this venue and meet some new people and enjoy themselves. There’s so much going on in the world at the moment that opportunities to connect with others like this are rare.”

Details: exodusunplugged@gmail.com or click here