Strong turnout for Rise House Rock-a-Thon

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For the third year, Chatham-Kent music lovers took action in a big way to help the people of Haiti.

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There was a large crowd on hand for Rise House Rock-a-Thon at Sons of Kent Brewing Co on Saturday. in Chatham, featuring a full lineup of local bands on two stages.

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The event will go ahead and the music will continue until 11pm, for those who still want to join us.

Emily Caron (née Hime), founder of Rise House International, was impressed by the response, adding that support for various fundraising initiatives continues to grow.

“It’s amazing. Every year it just gets better and better,” she says.

Entry is available through a donation to Rock-a-Thon, which is presented by the CK Cardiac Imaging Center and also includes numerous other local sponsors.

Participating bands include:

– Run 47
– Dirtland
– Big shiny toons
– Milhouse
– Basement door
– South wind buoys
– DTX: Dave Trinca Xperience
– Paper jam
– North Shore folk
– Only U.S
– Cole Pereira
– Smith and Walker

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Rise House International was founded in 2019 to help empower individuals, families and communities.

However, Caron’s involvement began years before, through humanitarian work in 2010, when she traveled to Ghana, Africa, and saw first-hand the poverty, disease and injustice.

In 2011, she made the trip to Haiti, which only deepened her passion to help.

She founded the non-profit organization Hime For Help, which was involved with Maison Ke Kontan Children’s Home, but later she saw an even greater need.

This also included children who have living parents but are institutionalized because the parents are unable to care for them, in the belief that an orphanage will give them a better chance at life.

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The mission then became helping individuals and families rise above poverty and provide them with a sustainable future. Family reunification is also an important goal.

Caron said the “recent years have been very challenging” in Haiti, noting that the organization also does outreach work and offers business training.

The unrest in the country has resulted in closed airports and shipping ports, which has only worsened the situation.

Brock McGregor, chairman of Rise House, said monetary donations are the most efficient way to help those in need.

“Inflation has hit Haiti very hard, so every dollar helps,” he said.

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This story will be updated.

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