Worthy causes

Plus 1

Laneway Festival is proud to partner with Plus 1 in 2018 for the third year running. Plus 1 is a socially-focused organisation that connects artists, causes and music fans. Plus 1 partners with bands and events who make a $1 donation for every concert ticket sold, with 100% going to charity organisations making the most significant impact in the world. Through this initiative, upwards of $4 million has been raised for leading social justice organisations tackling issues from poverty and injustice to the environment by artists including Arcade Fire, The National, St. Vincent, CHVRCHES, Vampire Weekend, Flume and many more. Laneway Festival’s chosen worthy causes for 2017 are Yiriman and Fight MND. Marika Anthony-Shaw, co-founder and CEO of Plus 1, says:

"It's incredibly inspiring, now looking at our third year of partnership with Laneway and knowing that through the simple act of music lovers gathering, over $250,000 will have been donated to creating transformative change through Yiriman Foundation, Oxfam, and now FightMND. It's really powerful."


Laneway Festival is proud to celebrate one of our local music heroes, Dean Turner, and honoured to be supporting the Yiriman Project in his name. 

Since 2011, you have raised over $200,000 which goes directly into programs devoted to helping Aboriginal youth in the Kimberley region (including a devastating suicide rate of 1 in 1,200) by taking them ‘back to Country’ in the company of their Elders, where they can begin to reconnect with their culture and strengthen their sense of identity. The Elders saw the need for a way in which youth could separate themselves from negative influences and, through the care and guidance of older generations, reconnect with their culture in remote and culturally significant places. This strategy of cultural healing from within the community has proven successful again and again in the 13 year history of the program and resulted in Yiriman winning the Reconciliation Australia 2012 Indigenous Governance Award (IGA) for outstanding examples of Indigenous governance in a non-incorporated initiative or project.

Clothing & goods donations can be sent directly to Yiriman:

Attn Janelle White
Great Northern Highway, Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765
08 9191 5317

Yiriman 2016 Web Photo 900x510

Fight MND

FightMND is the leading independent Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Foundation in Australia. The Foundation has a strong focus on raising funds to support the best and brightest MND research around Australia to ultimately find a cure. Until a cure is found, FightMND is supporting those currently living with the disease by funding vital equipment and aides in order that they may maintain independence, dignity and an improved quality of life.

MND is a terminal neurological disease which attacks the motor neurones within the body until they waste away and die. Motor neurones are required for muscle movement and without them, MND sufferers can no longer walk, talk, swallow and eventually breathe. Currently, there is no treatment and no cure. MND is not incurable, it’s just underfunded. FightMND has been raising funds through events such as the ‘Big Freeze’ and ‘Daniher’s Drive’ since 2014 in the hope that one day we can all live in a world free of MND.

“Two people died yesterday from MND, two will die today and two tomorrow. For these people, we keep fighting. If we fight today, others won’t have to lose the battle to MND in the future.” Neale Daniher, Patron of FightMND.

Big Freeze 3


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