Australian rockers Bonney Read went to the Philippines earlier this year with a simple objective: the band members wanted to use the same influence that they had on their followers to make a difference in communities in need. Now they’re reinforcing their commitment with the announcement that all funds from their latest single “Days Gone By” will be donated to Philippines charity organizations.
Following a successful three week, nine show performance in the Philippines, Australian pop-punk quartet Bonney Read volunteered their time with local organizations and donated all the takings from the tour to community development organization Gawad Kalinga (GK). Reinforcing their commitment to the region, the talented musicians have announced all the takings from their latest single “Days Gone By” will be donated to JoombaJam, a partner of GK who create music-based education tools for those working within GK communities.
Throughout the ‘Humanitour’ of the Philippines in Australian pop-punk quartet Bonney Read did more than just play rock and roll. In between shows, all four members of the ‘almost all-girl’ pop-punk quartet volunteered with Gawad Kalinga (GK), running team-building workshops for students, teaching music lessons in one of the GK Sibol Schools and preparing meals for 2000 children in impoverished communities.
The socially minded musicians donated all of the taking from their tour to GK but gone further in their dedication to this cause, are now donating all proceeds from new single ‘Days Gone By’ to JoomaJam, a partner of GK who create music-based education tools for those working within GK communities.
“Joomajam’s social mission is to create music driven learning solutions for public schools and marginalized communities, and make learning fun and engaging through public school teacher training,” claimed Joombajam founder Vin Fandel. “The end goal is to help develop lifelong learners: Kids who believe in the value of education. Kids who believe that if they want to better their lives, they have to arm themselves with much needed skills and knowledge,” he continued.
The cause is especially close to the group, made up of Jess Cooper (Guitar and Vocals), Kat Ayala (Guitar), Astrid Holz (Drums) and Jeremy Goldfinch (Bass), with most of the band having worked as music teachers in the past. “We are hugely passionate about education and inspiring children and are proud to support such an important cause,” said the band memebrs in a group statement.
Their single “Days Gone By” was released through iTunes on 13th November and can be downloaded from iTunes here.