Country stars help children
A summer festival of songwriters with its roots in Penticton is back for another year of music and fundraising.
97 South Song Sessions has donated eight VIP festival tickets to use as fundraisers for Cassie + Friends, an organization whose mission is to transform the lives of children with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
This year, tickets will be raffled as part of a donation and will be entered to win. Anyone who donates $25 or more before June 30 will be entered into the draw for the VIP package for the magical musical event on July 22 and 23.
The BC Interior Initiative said that in Canada, three out of every 1,000 children of all ages live with the devastating effects of arthritis. Joint pain, reduced mobility, intense fatigue and the need for aggressive and expensive treatments have a considerable impact on the daily quality of life of the child and on the life of the whole family.
Many families have to travel more than four hours to reach the clinic in Penticton, with the most severely affected children having to visit British Columbia Children’s Hospital, some up to every four to six weeks.
With funds raised this summer, Cassie + Friends will establish a free equipment cabinet and family fund at the Penticton Arthritis Center to provide immediate and direct support to over 250 patient families as they navigate and manage the condition of their child.
Passholders for the event will enjoy two 90-minute shows on back-to-back nights featuring four songwriters per night playing their hits and telling the stories behind them, hosted by media personality Paul McGuire.
The website to donate and enter the draw can be found online here.