Rock for Dimes Halifax 2014


Tribute Bands Rule at Rock for Dimes Halifax!

On Friday, November 14, 2014, local amateur musicians will take up their instruments to battle for the title of "Halifax's Best" at Rock for Dimes Halifax, a battle of the bands fundraiser. This is the ninth year for the fundraiser. Close to $200,000 has been raised to date in Halifax at this annual event. 

This year's costume-musical theme for the “two stages” event will be tribute bands, and include music from Matchbox 20, Bon Jovi, Alanis Morrisette, David Bowie, The Commitments and Fleetwood Mac. 

Sophie’s Choice, Sound Castle, The Goldilocks Effect, Terminal Road, Red C, and Project 501 will be competing at the event, at the same time showcasing their talents to music industry professionals.  Heartsparks music therapist Anna Plaskett and musician John Mullane of InFlight Safety have been tapped as judges. Q104’s Tom B will be pulling double duty as judge and the evening’s MC. 

Rock for Dimes Halifax benefits March of Dimes Canada's Conductive Education® (CE) Nova Scotia Program, an innovative program that blends elements of education and rehabilitation to improve the independence, mobility and confidence of children with disabilities, and has proven especially beneficial to children with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and developmental apraxia. 

In addition, March of Dimes Canada is providing $15,000 to help a Sydney woman living with a disability to retrofit a vehicle to become accessible. 

Vehicle modifications allow people living with disabilities the freedom of mobility, access and community participation that so many of us take for granted – but modifications can be prohibitively expensive, and out of reach for those with limited or fixed incomes. Kimberley Lovett is the grateful recipient of funding from the Istvan and Barbara Haas Vehicle Retrofit Fund.

Kimberley is a 40-year-old single mother of three living in Howie Centre. As the result of a rare spinal cord infection contracted in 2012, when she was eleven weeks pregnant with her third child, Kimberley now needs a wheelchair for all mobility. Her community doesn’t have accessible public transportation for people with disabilities, so Kim has been relying on her parents to take her to her medical appointments, and help drive her children to school and community events. As well, not having her own vehicle has meant Kim hasn’t been able to work at her job as a social worker. The funding will allow Kim to obtain a fully accessible van, so she can work again and most importantly, get back her cherished independence.

“There aren’t the words to properly express my gratitude,” says Kim. “Not having access to transportation has been the biggest obstacle to me getting my independence back, being able to work, take my children places, [and] go to my medical appointments. This (funding) is going to completely change my life. It’s like a window has been opened for me and I have hope again. I will never, ever forget this,” she continues.

Kimberley will be formally recognized at Rock for Dimes Halifax.

National sponsors include Long & McQuade, Airgo Medical, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, League of Rock and Agency59. The platinum sponsor is Stewart McKelvey, gold sponsor, McInnes Cooper, and additional sponsors include, Cunard Centre, Ferguson Music Productions, Lawtons, Vantage Mobility, BMO Bank of Montreal, Porter Airlines, Tour Tech East, and media sponsors Q104 and The Coast.

March of Dimes Canada is also seeking volunteers to sit on a local committee, helping to improve outreach and expand programming throughout Nova Scotia. Interested applicants can email mstewart@marchofdimes.ca for more information.

Doors will open at 7p.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Cunard Centre, Halifax. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for students. For more information or to order tickets please visit www.rockfordimes.ca/halifax or call 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7380.

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada.

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