12th Annual Music Therapy Ride Raised Over $65,000!

Music Heals

Sold out event set new fundraising record

The Music Therapy Ride Committee is pleased to announce that the 12th annual Music Therapy Ride raised over $65,000! The 2013 Music Therapy Ride took place on Saturday, September 14th with over 100 riders joining in the police escorted ride from Vancouver to Whistler.

As a result of twelve years of dedication, support and generosity, the Music Therapy Ride has raised over $600,000 for music therapy in Canada.

“Music therapy is the clinical use of music as an intervention to promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual health. We’re proud to support the Music Therapy Association of B.C. and its important community projects. They are an inspiring group of professionals. ” Shaw Saltzberg, Chairman, Music Therapy Ride Committee

The proceeds from this year’s ride will go towards the maintenance and continued use of mobile recording studios designed specifically for music therapists called Bandwagons. These mobile studios contain recording software, sound processing equipment and a variety of musical instruments. The Music Therapy Ride has funded the creation of 2 Bandwagons to date. Bandwagon 1 arrived at its permanent residence, the BC Children’s Hospital, in July 2011. Created in 2012, Bandwagon 2 has supported music therapy programs across the province, traveling to various care facilities for six-week residencies.

The Music Therapy Ride Committee would like to thank The Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team for twelve years of incredible support. The committee would also like to thank Dan Mangan,The Great Canadian Casino/River Rock Casino Resort, Garibaldi Lift Co, the local music industry, extensive media partners and the motorcycle community.

For more information on the Music Therapy Ride or to make a donation to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund or Music Heals, please visit: www.musictherapyride.org.

Photo credit: Rob Sombilon

Friday, Sep 27, 2013