10 Lightyears

10 Lightyears

Celebrities paint to support homeless youth

Celebrities from many industries picked up paintbrushes to help create 10 Lightyears, a unique publication celebrating 10 years of the Lighthouse Foundation, to be launched on November 26.

Lighthouse Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides long-term care and support to young people aged between 15 and 22 years, who may otherwise be homeless. There are currently seven Lighthouse homes operating in Victoria.

A key feature of the limited edition coffee table book, beautifully designed by Paper Stone Scissors is the photography. 30 celebrities, including Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Kick Gurry, Sarah O'Hare, Peter Brock, Colette Dinnigan and Mirka Mora, were invited to paint the faces of Lighthouse Foundation residents and extended family, using each face as a canvas for their creative expression. Internationally renowned photographer John Gollings captured each face for inclusion in the book.

10 Lightyears will be launched at the one-night-only exhibition of these photographic portraits, where they will be auctioned to raise funds for Lighthouse Foundation.

In addition to the photographs, 10 Lightyears includes inspiring stories of past and present residents, personal accounts, images, verse and a children's book insert. The book is a testimony to the courage of the young people in taking the next step on their journey and a true celebration of the work of the Lighthouse Foundation.

The book's creation is solely a result of the dedication of a team of people who donated their time, talent and flair to see it become a reality. A committed group of sponsors donated the funds to produce the book, which will allow one hundred percent of the money received to benefit the young people of the Lighthouse Foundation.

Susan Barton Founder of the Lighthouse Foundation says: "This project has shown how the community can be such an integral part of the healing process of our kids, just by taking some small action."

10 Lightyears is available for purchase for $95 by contacting the Lighthouse Foundation on (03) 9824 2406 or email office@lighthousefoundation.org.au

10 Lightyears Celebrity Painters

- David Band
- Peter Brock
- Donna Brown
- Lauren Burns
- Peter D. Cole
- Toni Collette
- Chris Connell
- Tim Costello
- Shane Crawford
- Collette Dinnigan
- William Green (Weg)
- Kick Gurry
- Scott Hill
- Lachlan Hulme
- Akira Isogawa
- Hugh Jackman
- Peter Lang
- David Larwill
- Mark Lizotte (Diesel)
- Jesse Martin
- Mirka Mora
- Dame Elizabeth Murdoch
- Sarah O'Hare
- Fred Schepisi
- Loti Smorgon
- Ross Stevenson
- Dr Roberta Sykes
- Deborah Thomas
- Max Walker
- Rachel Ward