Getting home safely can be challenging for many performers who work late at night and often don’t earn enough money to cover the cost of transport. To encourage a diverse population of performers to follow their creative passions, members of the Melbourne comedy community have collaborated with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to launch a program whereby performers in need can receive access to Uber journeys home at night – at no cost.
Light The Way Home is designed to provide female, trans, non-binary or other vulnerable performers with a safe way home from comedy venues in or around the Melbourne CBD. At-risk performers can register to join a Melbourne Comedy Festival administered Uber account and access a free ride home when they need it. Light The Way Home will pilot during the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and subject to the success of a fund-raising drive, will continue to support Melbourne’s comedy community throughout the year on a permanent basis.
The Light The Way Home Initiative will be paid for by donations, collected through the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Public Fund. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
The Festival will match dollar for dollar the first $10,000 donated.
Performers can email LTWHregister@comedyfestival.com.au for more information on how to register.
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