FOR THE KIDS: Tim Horrocks (left) and Dan Haumu have organised a fundraiser to help African kids, Kenya: Dig It, to be held at The Brewery (Buddha Bar) in Byron Bay on Saturday night.
FOR THE KIDS: Tim Horrocks (left) and Dan Haumu have organised a fundraiser to help African kids, Kenya: Dig It, to be held at The Brewery (Buddha Bar) in Byron Bay on Saturday night. Jann Burmester

Help the children

BYRON Bay-based carpenter Tim Horrocks has taken his tool belt off to build hope for kids in Africa.

Tim has organised a fundraising event, Kenya: Dig It, to be held at The Brewery in Byron Bay on Saturday (September 10) to raise money for the Familia Moja Children's Home in Kenya.

Familia Moja means "one family" and it's a home that cares for orphaned kids, but is in dire need of a new dwelling to house the growing number of orphaned children.

Tim and another local lad, Dan Haumu, are among a small group of volunteers who will be travelling to Africa in January to work on the building project and help set up sustainable initiatives that support the orphanage and surrounding community.

"Familia Moja's aim is to work together with its community in Kenya to help improve the lives of not only the kids but the village as well and empower the children to create possibilities to achieve their own goals," Tim said.

Tim put the call out to some of his favourite artists to support the project.

Headlining the bill on Saturday night is indie pop outfit Loon Lake, who have had massive airplay on Triple J with their track In The Summer; local rockers The Grains and indie folk outfit The Lucky Wonders will also be on the bill, with Beau Young and surf legend Rusty Miller rounding out a huge night of live music.

Tickets cost $12 pre-sale or $15 on the door.

Pre-sales are available from the venue or Sulis Hair Salon on Fletcher St.

The event starts at 7pm.

If you can't attend the gig but would like to help, you can leave a donation at Sulis House of Lush on Fletcher St or online at www.familiamoja.org and www.unrefugees.org.au.

A percentage of proceeds will also be diverted to the Australia for UNHCR East Africa Appeal.

The famine currently devastating that area has displaced millions of people with thousands arriving at refugee camps on the Kenyan border everyday.


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