Sebastians give the gift of carols to families struggling after fleeing domestic violence
WHEN Guy and Jules Sebastian are watching thousands of happy families singing along at their annual Carols in the Crescent, they also will be thinking about the domestic violence victims who can’t afford Christmas presents.
The Sebastian Foundation will stage the free carols concert in Sydney to support shelters and programs for women who have fled abusive partners.
For five years the Sebastians (pictured) have raised funds and engaged volunteers to renovate shelters and back programs which assist victims with legal advice, food and employment options.
Jules last week was in a Bondi park with sons Hudson d and d Arch Archer and began chatting with a grandmother who pointed out a woman and her children nearby.
“She started telling me how her daughter and the children had to move in with her because her cor- porate executive husband has been abusing her,” she said.
“Domestic violence does not discriminate. It is happening everywhere around us.”
Guy said not only was it imperative victims had access to shelters but also to financial support, particularly at this time of the year when abusers use money to emotionally blackmail partners.
“A lot of the programs we have helped fund through the Foundation help to get women back in the workforce,” Guy said. Also at the carols will be Reece Mastin, Sam Moran, Johnny Ruffo, Karise Eden, Chris Sebastian, Chynna Taylor and Mark Vincent.