Rock the Change suicide fundraising event seeking bands, sponsors, volunteers

Rock the Change is back to break the silence about suicide in the community.

Rock the Change is back to break the silence about suicide in the community.

More than 400 people turned out for last year’s fundraising concert, bringing in $8,000 to enhance the education programs at Suicide Information and Education Services.

Organizer Stacie Moore, 21, founded the all-ages concert at Bower Ponds last year in light of the six youth who killed themselves in Red Deer over the last two years.

“I didn’t know the boys who took their lives,” said Moore, noting some of her friends did. “It just broke my heart that kids do not know there are other ways to deal with stuff. When I went to school there was no talk about suicide or depression. Now that I actually get to go into the schools and give kids another way out, I am involved in making a difference.”

Moore landed her dream job as an elementary educator at the centre shortly after the concert. Moore said she speaks to kindergarten to Grade 6 students about ways to deal with stress and feelings before they reach the point of depression.

“I just want people to know (about) just talking to someone or coming to realization that everything is not going to be OK in the next few days but it will get better,” said Moore. “No matter how long it takes, it will get better.”

This year’s concert is slated for June 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Bower Ponds stage. There is no charge but donations will be accepted.

Moore is still putting the musical lineup together and she is looking for more bands, volunteers and sponsors.

For more information, email Moore at rockthechange@hotmail.com or find Rock the Change RD on Facebook.

If you need help, contact Suicide Information and Education Services at 403-342-4966 or the Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Vandal strikes downtown business

Window with PRIDE poster broken

No new RNs hired to Red Deer hospital emergency department in a month: United Nurses of Alberta

UNA filed a grievance in June in response to what they say is a staffing crisis

Traffic pattern to change for summer near interchange

Southbound Hwy 2 traffic to be shifted

Red Deer couple win $100,000 in lottery

Couple won their money on June 1 LOTTO MAX with EXTRA draw

‘Walking survey’ of Red Deer’s green carts starts this week

Gold stars or pointers on correct use will be left on inspected carts

Updated: SUV smashes through fences and deck in Anders

Driver taken to hospital after SUV veered off 30th Avenue into Anders

Cull hasn’t been able to solve bunny burden in Alberta mountain town of Canmore

CANMORE, Alta. — Problems persist in an Alberta mountain town overrun with… Continue reading

Canada should help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany: civil liberties group

OTTAWA — A civil liberties group is urging the Canadian government to… Continue reading

Westerner Days: Send us your photos

Your reader photo may just make the pages of the Adovcate.

Adam Henrique signs $29.1M, 5-year extension with Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Centre Adam Henrique has signed a $29.1 million, five-year… Continue reading

Fashion firms upend design routine to focus on speed, trends

NEW YORK — Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was… Continue reading

Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too

The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have… Continue reading

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business… Continue reading

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber falls to Bryce Harper in Home Run Derby final

WASHINGTON — Nationals Park was eerily quiet late Monday when Kyle Schwarber… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month