(LONDON, Ontario) — Perhaps you’ve heard of Rockin’ For Kids. It’s a local fundraiser that’s been making a tremendous impact in the lives of children around Southwestern Ontario.
Started by Tommy Solo (nee Tom Carriere), the fundraiser was launched in honour of his son, Tommy Jr., who tragically passed away in 2009. Created in Tommy Jr.’s honour, Rockin’ For Kids aims to assist in providing financial resources to the Children’s Health Foundation with proceeds from the fundraiser.
As an ambassador of the Children’s Health Foundation, Solo has seen how fundraisers like this can make a tremendous difference, considering the negative impact budget cuts have had on Ontario’s healthcare system in recent times.
“The event is about raising awareness, above anything”, Solo said. “There have been so many healthcare cutbacks from our government. We need to be aware of what’s happening and focus on the importance of maintaining accessible healthcare and treatment, especially for our kids.”
It’s been a tough, but rewarding experience for the singer-songwriter. For those who have faced or are facing similar circumstances, Tommy Solo has this to say: “Sometimes it does get really dark and it feels like there’s no end to it. Just stay strong and keep fighting, even though it seems impossible. Good things come from bad things if you never ever give up.”
This year, the fundraiser partnered with the Forest City London Music Awards for 2020’s Rockin’ For Kids. Several local businesses have also shown their support and contributed to the cause.
The all-ages event will take place on Friday, February 21 at Rum Runners and will feature acclaimed local emerging artists such as: Sarina Haggarty, Shaun Sanders & Megan Schroder, The Grand Banks, Tyler Stewart, After The Lounge, Black Cellar with Kate Channer, as well as Tommy Solo and the Night Crew. There will also be special guest performances by April Wine’s David Henman as well as Thunder Mug’s Ed Pranskus.