West Kelowna nation musician raises $ 45,000 in at some point for a number of sclerosis – Okanagan
West Kelowna country musician Ben Klick has something to celebrate: Music Fest MS raised $ 45,360 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
The annual event is one of the largest one-day fundraiser run by a third party in support of the MS Society of Canada.
“It’s incredible that a lot of businesses and music fans in general and those who are directly and indirectly affected by multiple sclerosis are all coming together and forming a huge community,” said Klick, organizer.
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In order to collect more money than ever before in one day, Klick put together a larger line-up and added a radio telethon to the event.
The extra boost helped him bring the total amount raised over three years to $ 115,142.
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The money will go towards supporting and programming Canadians diagnosed with MS and their families.
After his father’s diagnosis in 2018, the cause is close to his heart.
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“Dad has had a break from work in the last few years and is doing pretty well at home at the moment,” said Klick.
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world.
According to the MS Society, an estimated 90,000 Canadians are living with the chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system.
Even though the concert fundraiser ended on May 30th, donations are still being accepted until October, and Klick is already planning to expand for the fundraiser next year.
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