Dean Turner Project Raises Over $20,000 For Charity

Earlier this year, Laneway Festival paid tribute to one of Australia’s most beloved rock musicians, Magic Dirt’s Dean Turner, who passed away in 2009 after a battle with cancer.

To honour the community work Dean carried out through youth programs and his work with charity, as well as the inspiration he offered countless musicians, Laneway Festival launched The Dean Turner Project in collaboration with Dean’s wife, Linda Bosidis, and his two daughters.

As part of the project, the Dean Turner Stage was set up at the Melbourne event, and punters were offered the opportunity when buying their Laneway ticket to donate to a charity of Linda’s choice: KALACC (Kimberley Law and Aboriginal Culture Centre) and the Yiriman Project, an organisation that supports young Aboriginal people by reconnecting them with their cultural roots.

Over $20,000 was raised by our generous punters, which will go a long way to helping this important organisation thrive. We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who donated.

Linda has written a heartfelt letter to everyone involved in remembering Dean in such a meaningful way. Read the letter below, and find out more about the Yiriman project here.

For Dean…

A sincere thank you to Danny Rogers, Jerome Borazio, Bonnie Dalton, Isabel Dunstan, Claire Collins and all at Laneway for their remembrance and tribute to our precious Dean. To honour him with a stage is the perfect acknowledgement to his uncompromised passion for music and young and upcoming artists.  I value and appreciate this opportunity to collaborate with Laneway. It was accomplished with total inclusion, sincerity, respect, love and excellent communication.

Thank you Wes Morris (Coordinator), Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, the Yiriman Project and the Elders. It is a privilege to be involved with an organisation that makes an impact and produces real results for young indigenous people at risk from suicide, drug and alcohol abuse and criminal activity.

Thank you Stacia Goninon for helping me select such an important charity. Thank you Daniel Herring for the logo and stage banner design. Thank you to all the artists who played on The Dean Turner Stage in Melbourne.

My deepest gratitude to all the people who donated to the Yiriman Project and who will directly help change lives. It shows how a little grows into something significant. Dean trusted in the law of empathy and compassion. It ensures the ongoing development of his stage for the future.

The day of the Laneway Festival in Melbourne was an extremely overwhelming and personally difficult day for me but I believe it was the best way to honour Dean and his legacy. He would’ve loved it. I’m incredibly proud of Dean and The Dean Turner Project.

Thank you for doing this for Dean, myself and our kids.

We miss you Dean, we miss your smile and your gentle ways, we love you so much. Our lives will never be the same without you.

Warm regards,

Linda Bosidis, Charlie & Evie Turner

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