Community fundraising is essential to maintaining vibrant communities.
Two ambassadors of rock from Perth had an idea to unite local musicians and put a spotlight on the entertainment industry all whilst driving awareness and raising funds for Telethon.
In 2021, co-founders Steven Helhammer and Jacob Kenny launched Perth United.
Their unique concept brings local rock musicians and bands together once a month to write, record and release a song in just 12 hours.
Steven and Jacob have a strong connection to Telethon, for different reasons.
Steven’s son, Miles, lives with three extra X chromosomes. They spent countless hours at Perth Children’s Hospital in the first two years of his life and are still required to visit for regular check ups today.
“We donate to Telethon every year, so this time we can support a charity close to my heart and showcase the much-overlooked local rock scene”, said Steven.
Jacob is an academic lecturer and researcher in biomedical science at UWA, so he understands the importance of medical funding.
“I see how every research dollar can be spent, so being able to actively help raising money and putting some attention on the Perth rock scene makes it extra special for me.”
“Telethon is important because it’s a lifeline for medical researchers who care about children affected by disease. It provides awareness of their work and inspires each generation of graduates to take up the responsibility of solving life’s most unfair problems,” Jacob said.
Their combined passion and energy to create their own unique fundraiser every month has allowed them to deliver seven songs to date.
Each release coincides with a fundraising initiative to raise funds for Telethon.
To continue to follow their journey, visit their website here or donate to their Telethon fundraising page here.
However you choose to fund raise, you’re supporting the health and well being of West Australian children.