On March 26th, donors of the Nanaimo Foundation and the Tom Harris Community Foundation contributed a total of $150,000 to launch the c and provide relief to community needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Response Fund is quickly disbursing funds on an ongoing basis to help those who are urgently in need due to the coronavirus outbreak. The funding priorities of the Community Response Fund will evolve as the needs in our community change throughout the pandemic and recovery phase of the crisis. Since its launch the Community Response Fund has raised an additional nearly $50,000.

IWCD and Harmac are proudly joining the cause by matching donations made to the Nanaimo Community Response Fund during Rock for Relief.

Rock for Relief: A Living Room Fundraising Concert for Vancouver Island—supporting the Nanaimo Community Response Fund

Top musical talent from Vancouver Island, including International recording artists, will join forces this Friday to help raise funds for Islanders who are most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, April 17th at 8 pm, grab a front row seat in your living room to see these talented artists perform from their homes – and help our neighbours at the same time.

Rock for Relief will feature performances by David Foster and Katharine McPhee, Randy and Tal Bachman, the Tenors, Trevor Guthrie, and current American Idol contestant Lauren Spencer-Smith from Nanaimo, as well as local favourites Jesse Roper, Carmanah, Aaron Pritchett, Kathryn Calder and many others. Plus, there will be special appearances by Steve Nash, Silken Laumann, Rick Hansen, Jim Treliving and other notables.

Rock for Relief: A Living Room Concert for Vancouver Island will be broadcast and livestreamed without commercial interruption on CHEK (Shaw ch. 6, Bluesky ch. 109/ Telus Optik ch. 121) as well as the CHEK News Facebook page and YouTube channel.

To tune in or to make a donation to the Nanaimo Community Response Fund visit www.IslandResponseFund.ca

This event is a combined effort! CHEK, the Victoria Foundation and the Nanaimo Foundation have joined forces with donors able to direct their funds to either the Rapid Relief Fund, supporting Greater Victoria and the Cowichan Valley (www.rapidrelieffund.ca), or the Island Response Fund, supporting communities north of the Cowichan Valley (www.islandresponsefund.ca).