Dance to Freedom

INTUITIVE MOVEMENT & ANONYMOUS X PRESENTS

After the overwhelming support and funds raised at Dance To Freedom on July 9th 2016 we have decided to join forces again with our inspiration being the GIFT of Giving...over the festive season!

A night of pure entertainment, watch local dance schools showcase their routines, to raise funds and awareness for Melbourne’s homeless.

Our inspiration is in the GIFT OF GIVING this festive season!

 

WHEN

Saturday, December 3rd

YDance 909D High Street, THORNBURY

7:30 pm doors open 8 pm SHOW

 

PRICE

$35 singles

$80 family pass

 

Featuring dance school spectaculars by:

*Intuitive Movement Sambitas 

*Strut Entertainment Group 

*Toco Tucano Entertainment 

*Gem Da La Krem 

*Fisica Dance & Fitness 

*Katrina Pulvirenti Hip Hop Funk 

*Francesca Vocisano & Mark Jayawardena Latin Ballroom 

*Julian Tsotsos & Sheree Selemba Ballroom Couple 

*FMD Xtreme 3 times world champions HIP HOP CREW!!!!

*Jungle City Studios Dance Hall Crew

 

 

Inspirational Speakers:

*Tony Mantz of Melbourne UNreal Podcasts on 'The GIFT in Giving...'

*Sean Thornton founder of Anonymous X on the homeless in Melbourne and how we can 'make a difference'

 

Join us for a night of bedazzled dancers, music, drinks and nibbles to show your support for our most vulnerable sisters and brothers on our streets.

All proceeds from the night go to Anonymous X, a grass roots organisation dedicated to supporting and raising awareness of the plight of homeless people in Melbourne. Anonymous X inspires, challenges and motivates ordinary individuals to get active in their own community and help combat the issues surrounding homelessness.

 

 

To purchase tickets head to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dance-to-freedom-the-gift-in-giving-a-dance-spectacular-tickets-29038090711?aff=efbevent

***WE NEED YOUR HELP***

Anonymous XOrange Sky Laundry and Clean as Casper all provide a different form of assistance to the people within our homeless community. 

Imagine if you were homeless and you knew of a location where you could have a nice warm shower whilst your clothes are being washed. Afterwards you could put on some new clothing and take any essential items you required. Well that's exactly what we provide. 
We plan on expanding this service to as many locations we can, not only in the CBD but also into the suburban areas which we know are also significantly impacted by homelessness.

If YOU want to help #makeadifferencence please consider a small donation. 
We are a registered charity and any donation over $2 is tax deductible. 
Help us grow and expand the assistance we currently providing for those in need. Together we can #createachange
Thank you 

Anonymous X
BSB: 063159
Account Number: 10650834

Market with a Difference

The Anonymous X Team have decided to have our own market… ‘A market with a Difference’

All funds raised on the day will go directly towards purchasing the items needed for our 'Kid’s Packs' and 'Rough Sleepers Packs' which will all be made and distributed over Christmas, brightening the lives of as many people we can throughout the festive season.

We have been fortunate enough to receive so many amazing clothing and accessory donations items since our inception all the way back in 2013, and for that we are beyond grateful for everyones support towards our charity. 

Unlike other organisations, Anonymous X purposely haven't sold any ‘brand new’ items that have been donated. We have kept them aside, throwing around different ideas as to the most when was the appropriate time and more importantly how could we show all of our faithful supporters how beneficial every donation truly is. 

It would have seemed fair to the majority of people if we had of sold particular items, some ranging from $20 to $2000 in order to help out with some of our current overheads, but we decided to remain self funded and make assisting the homeless and less fortunate of Melbourne our number one priority. 

We are dedicated to developing 'change', by ensuring that trust is gained in our organisation and any doubt can then be eliminated.

Our purpose was to develop transparency and credibility, we felt was crucial to have within the Charity sector. At times speculation can be created from people, wondering where their money and or donations actually go.

One way of doing this is, is making it 100% clear where our clothing donations end up, and how any monetary donations are spent. Our motto is ‘We can make a difference and TOGETHER create a change’

This is why we decided to have our very own market … 
‘A market with a Difference’

From the very first item sold on the day, until the last… the tally being raised will be visible for every eye in the room via a scoreboard. We have 3 clear objectives for the day, with the amount required for each of those to be effective.

We want the general public to see for themselves how much is being raised, and how valuable their contribution is to getting us closer to our objectives.

So please come along, grab a great bargain and show your support to help Anonymous X continue our efforts Melbourne’s homeless and less fortunate.

Thank you very much, and we hope to see you there!

 

New Hope Foundation Inc 40 Gratten St, Prahran 3181

Saturday 5th December from 10:00am - 4:00PM

 

 

VICE ARTICLE - AUGUST 2015

VICE - A Night Out with Anonymous X

http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/a-night-out-with-anonymous-x

August 11, 2015

by Maddison Connaughton

The Melbourne Period Project hands out tampons, pads, and other sanitary items. 

It's 7:00 PM on a Friday night. At a warehouse in suburban Oakleigh, Australia, 20 or so people are milling around, chatting, smoking cigarettes. It's cold enough to see your breath.

The group is made up of volunteers for Anonymous X a collective that supports Melbourne's homeless. It's a pretty varied lot: a nutrition student, Amber, puts together high-calorie meal packs; another woman, Yvonne, heads out with pet food and coats for dogs. 

The Melbourne Period Project is a recent addition to the crew. Its co-founder, Nat, is stuffing a bag with period packs to hand out on tonight's run. 

A SELECTION OF THE PACKS

A SELECTION OF THE PACKS

The packs, which could pass as bags of coffee beans, come in four varieties—Sunflower (super), Rose (regular), Poppy (pads-only), and Tulip (tampons-only). There's also a fifth option, Hemlock, for transgender men. Each has a month's supply, plus wipes, sanitizer, and, pragmatically, a chocolate Freddo Frog.

Once homeless herself, Nat explains to me that every month women sleeping rough have to resort to scrunched up newspaper, old socks, or toilet paper from public bathrooms. That or risk swiping a box of tampons from the supermarket.

Getting your period can suck at the best of times. When you're living on the street it's fucking horrific. 

ANONYMOUS X ALSO PROVIDES A SELECTION OF CLOTHES

ANONYMOUS X ALSO PROVIDES A SELECTION OF CLOTHES

Tonight's first stop is Whitten Oval in Footscray. Home to the Western Bulldogs by day, tonight the field is pitch black and the gates are locked. A few people wait along the fence line as we pull up.

The Anonymous Xers help people pick through the meticulously labelled tubs, "Boy's Jackets," "Women's Boots, No Heel." If someone is after something specific, a volunteer will note it down for the next fortnightly run.

Mostly though everyone is just chatting. Some variation on How are you doing, mate? is the go-to when a volunteer notices someone looking for a hand. It's simple but effective, noticeably different from other outreach workers.

THE TUBS CONTAIN A SELECTION OF CLOTHING, BUT IF ANYONE IS AFTER ANYTHING SPECIFIC, A VOLUNTEER WILL MAKE A NOTE AND BRING IT NEXT TIME

THE TUBS CONTAIN A SELECTION OF CLOTHING, BUT IF ANYONE IS AFTER ANYTHING SPECIFIC, A VOLUNTEER WILL MAKE A NOTE AND BRING IT NEXT TIME

The next stop, Queen Victoria Market, is pretty quiet. There's probably more volunteers than homeless. A young Anonymous Xer, Meagan, explains it's likely because the council has asked people to move on. 

Does that happen a lot? She nods. A few weeks ago Anonymous X's founder, Sean, tried to set up a tarp for a guy under Flinders Street Bridge. By the next morning it had already been removed.

"Would you rather there be tarps, or people dying?" she asks. 

LEROY WORKS WITH ORANGE SKY TO PROVIDE LAUNDRY FACILITIES TO THE HOMELESS.

LEROY WORKS WITH ORANGE SKY TO PROVIDE LAUNDRY FACILITIES TO THE HOMELESS.

Nearby a group called Orange Sky is doing loads of laundry, with a washer and dryer in the back of a white delivery van. The team leader, Leroy, homeless himself for 17 years, proudly explains they can wash and dry in just 40 minutes, free of charge.

Over at the tubs a woman is looking for a pair of jeans. Nat bobs down to see if anything in the men's box might fit because the woman is pregnant, maybe six or seven months along.

A WOMAN LOOKS THROUGH A SELECTION OF DONATED JEANS

A WOMAN LOOKS THROUGH A SELECTION OF DONATED JEANS

In the car to Flinders Street, I ask Sean why he started Anonymous X. He's 28 and doesn't really fit the classic do-gooder profile. He says he had a bit of a lightbulb moment after his cousin died from an overdose. After that his life shifted completely, although it's something he doesn't really talk about.

"If I start telling people that I sold my house, I quit my job to do this, then they start believing in me," he explains. "I want them to believe in the cause."

SEAN, FOUNDER OF ANONYMOUS X AND HOMELESS FRIEND MATEY.

SEAN, FOUNDER OF ANONYMOUS X AND HOMELESS FRIEND MATEY.

At Flinders Street a couple of regulars show up. A woman named Susanne, who tells me she was recently featured in the documentary Homesick, smokes on a bench. She's trying to keep an eye on her friend Helen, who is filling Coles green bags with clothes.

"She's a legend, been on the streets for 15 years," Susanne says, craning her neck to keep Helen in sight. "I worry about her, though. People take advantage of her."

HELEN IS ONE OF THE YOUNG WOMEN WHO THE GROUP HELPS OUT

HELEN IS ONE OF THE YOUNG WOMEN WHO THE GROUP HELPS OUT

Nat explains that for women sleeping rough safety is everything; you can't just get up to change your tampon in the middle of the night. That's why MPP doesn't give out mooncups, despite the urgings of commenters on its Facebook page.

"It's very dangerous to leave your place once you've got it," she says. "Women, they are usually quite hidden away, because you never know who's following you."

A SELECTION OF SOME TOILETRIES HANDED OUT ON THE NIGHT

A SELECTION OF SOME TOILETRIES HANDED OUT ON THE NIGHT

By the end of the night, Nat tallies up a total of 16 period packs that she's given out. Around 11:00 PM a girl shows up, looking really young. She's carting around a huge backpack, and her pet rat, Dallas, is hiding out in her hood. Meagan, Nat, and another Anonymous Xer, Bianca, check in to see if she's got everything she needs. They take her laundry and make a note to bring rat food next time.

ANONYMOUS X VOLUNTEER NAT HOLDS DALLAS, A PET RAT OF ONE OF THE WOMEN THEY MET TONIGHT.

ANONYMOUS X VOLUNTEER NAT HOLDS DALLAS, A PET RAT OF ONE OF THE WOMEN THEY MET TONIGHT.

"I think a lot of my money will go to hotels the next few weeks," she tells me, as Dallas sits on my shoulder. "I want to get off the streets for a bit." I ask her if she's thought about staying in a hostel, it might be cheaper. "Can't yet," she replies. 

It's only in the car on the way home that I realize, it must be because she's not even 18.

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ANONYMOUS X - OFFICIALLY A REGISTERED CHARITY

ANONYMOUS  X - a Charitable Organisation

 

When this document was actually in my hands, I got this feeling i've never experienced to such an extent before. It was an overwhelming combination of both joy and self satisfaction. 

For those who know me personally, know that i've literally dedicated every second of the past 2 years to building and growing Anonymous X to assist Melbourne's homeless and less fortunate. 

Not at any point have I been motivated by accolades, public exposure or financial gain. Most people don't know that I've sold my house to fund our warehouse, flown to hong kong to purchase our apparel and most recently flown around Australia to help promote homelessness. No one forced me to do any of these things, nor have i ever felt like I was obligated to. 

I do these things because I WANT TO.

People ask me why I don't tell my story and that's because I believe that the cause should always be greater than the individual. They've said "Sean, people need to know what you've sacrificed in order to help others. Get your story out there." My response has always been the same. I don't want people to think they have to go to such great lengths in order to ‪#‎makeadifference‬.

I want everyone to know that every little bit counts, many hands make light work. I believe so strongly in our motto which is
"We can make a difference and together create a change'. 
I can't do this alone. My team and I can't do this ourselves. 

It will require all individuals, teams, businesses, organisations, not for profits and charities to think back and ask themselves... What is our purpose? What was our original goal? and why do we exist? 
So many things can cloud the original motivation for change, but don't let it. 

Be yourself, not who others want or expect you to be. 
Trust, respect, dignity, transparency and credibility is the foundation that Anonymous X was built on and i promise that regardless of circumstance... That will never change because ‪#‎WECARE‬

Much love to everyone out there for supporting myself and the entire Anonymous X team.

BLUES for LOST SOULS

ON SATURDAY NIGHT, ANONYMOUS X ATTENDED BLUES FOR LOST SOULS ORGANISED BY THE AMAZING GREG DODD AND LINDA ELDRIDGE. TOGETHER WITH SO MANY OTHERS, BLUES FOR LOST SOULS 15 MANAGED TO RAISE $35,874 WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TOWARDS ANONYMOUS X.

ON TOP OF THAT INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT, THE BLUES COMMUNITY AGAIN BLEW OUR MINDS WITH THE AMOUNT OF CLOTHING, ESSENTIAL ITEMS AND FOOD THAT WAS BROUGHT ON THE DAY WHICH AS YOU KNOW GOES SUCH A LONG WAY TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST.

WORDS CAN’T EXPRESS HOW APPRECIATIVE WE ARE, BUT WE PROMISE OUR ACTIONS WILL PROVE YOUR HELP WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS HELPING ANONYMOUS X #MAKEADIFFERENCE FOR THE HOMELESS AND LESS FORTUNATE. 

MUCH LOVE FROM ALL OF US AT ANONYMOUS X TO GREG, LINDA, LIVE AT THE BUNDY, THE ENTIRE BLUES COMMUNITY, PLUS EVERYONE AND ANYONE ELSE THAT WAS INVOLVED WITH THE HUGE SUCCESS OF BLUES FOR LOST SOULS 15. #MAD #THATSMAD #ANONYMOUSX

ANONYMOUS X IS GOING #MAD

Tomorrow morning is the start of a 6 states in 6 days venture across Australia. Flying out from Melbourne at 8am to Adelaide, then to Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart before heading back home. The reason why I am doing this is to create more awareness regarding homelessness and what Anonymous X are doing about it. In Melbourne we've been extremely fortunate to assist thousands of individuals and have received interest from all across Australia as to how they can do the same. So we've decided to go #MAD. We've been organising to meet up with likeminded individuals, groups, teams and organisations all across the country on this 6 day tour. Homeless Awareness Week begins on the 3rd, so what better way to #makeadifference than to travel across the nation to ultimately benefit those in need? Our aim is to promote effective ways of merging with other organisations who are passionate about making a difference with our ultimate goal of working together to reduce homelessness across Australia! If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about Anonymous X and what we aim to achieve please feel free to inbox us for more details, and stay tuned for further updates! #thatsmad #mad #makeadifference #anonymousx