Mr Sutherland, who is also chairman of the Bendigo Weekly, was this week named patron of Bendigo for Homeless Youth, set up by a group of local musicians.
Organiser Luke Owens said Mr Sutherland has been working with them for some time.
“Many Central Victorians already know Keith and respect him for his tireless work with local community groups and causes,” Mr Owens said.
“Keith’s role will involve encouraging as many people and business as possible tickets to our gala dinner, make a donation or purchase Bendigo for Homeless Youth merchandise.”
Mr Sutherland said it is important the Bendigo community does not think homelessness is “a problem confined to our nation’s capital cities.
“Most would be surprised to find out there are more than 700 children in our community who are homeless or don’t have a stable living environment,” he said.
The Bendigo Homeless Youth project was launched earlier this year with plans to record and perform music created for and by the group.
The CD launch will take place at a Charity Dinner on October 20 at the Bendigo Town Hall, where Father Bob Maguire will be a guest.
Tickets for the event are available at www.bendigoforhomelessyouth.com