Con­cert is for such a good Claus

Sunday Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

WHEN Guy and Jules Se­bas­tian are watch­ing thou­sands of happy fam­i­lies singing along at their an­nual car­ols event in Syd­ney next Satur­day, they’ll be think­ing about the thou­sands of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims who can’t af­ford to buy Christ­mas presents for their chil­dren.

Es­tab­lished five years ago by the cou­ple, pic­tured, The Se­bas­tian Foun­da­tion stages a free car­ols con­cert each year to sup­port shel­ters and pro­grams for women who have fled abu­sive part­ners.

The stark re­al­ity of the huge need for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ters rocked Jules dur­ing the week when she was in a park play­ing with their sons, Hud­son and Archer.

“I got to talk­ing to a grand­mother, who pointed at a woman who was stand­ing nearby with her chil­dren,” Jules says.

“She started telling me how it was her daugh­ter and that they had to move in with her be­cause her cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tive hus­band has been abus­ing her. Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence does not dis­crim­i­nate; it is hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where around us.

“It was a very nor­mal ev­ery­day thing I was do­ing, tak­ing my kids to the park and I’m sit­ting next to some­one who is go­ing through that, and you would never in a mil­lion years think that was hap­pen­ing to that woman.”

Guy will be joined on stage by his brother, Chris, and an­other South Aussie, Reece Mastin. Join­ing them will be Sam Mo­ran and Johnny Ruffo, who is re­cov­er­ing fol­low­ing treat­ment for a brain tu­mour.

“Johnny is do­ing re­ally good; he has just started with our train­ers be­cause he wants to get back into shape af­ter his treat­ment,” Guy says.

Mean­while, Guy’s new in­spi­ra­tional an­them, Be­fore I Go, has al­ready scored more than half a mil­lion streams on Spo­tify and is ris­ing up the charts to be his next big hit.

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