For Immediate Release: September 23, 2014
(Vancouver, BC) - The Music Therapy Ride Committee is pleased to announce that the 13th annual Music Therapy Ride raised over $85,000 - the highest amount raised to date! The 2014 Music Therapy Ride took place on Saturday, September 13th with over 100 riders joining in the police escorted ride from Vancouver to Whistler.
The success of the 2014 Music Therapy Ride comes as a result of thirteen years of dedication, support and generosity. Since the first ride back in 2001, the Music Therapy Ride has raised close to $800,000 for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.
"We’ve had a fantastic year. We set a new record for money raised, number of riders, number of Bandwagon visits and the number of hours music therapists were in the field. We’ll have four Bandwagons operational by this time next year. Thanks to all our generous sponsors, riders and the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team." - Shaw Saltzberg & Patrick Zulinov, Co-chairmen Music Therapy Ride
The money raised from the Music Therapy Ride is used to support the building, 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 thus far. Bandwagon 1 arrived at its permanent residence, the BC Children's Hospital, in July 2011. Created in 2012, Bandwagon 2 provides music therapy programs in the lower mainland of British Columbia, traveling to various institutions for six-week residencies. The funds from this year’s Music Therapy Ride will be used to build Bandwagon 3 and provide continuing financial support for Music Therapists’ services.
The Music Therapy Ride Committee would like to thank The Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team for thirteen years of incredible support. The committee would also like to thank The Road Hammers, The Lion, The Bear and The Fox, The Great Canadian Casino/Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, 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: http://www.musictherapyride.org.
Click here for 2014 Music Therapy Ride photos (Photo Credit: Ron Sombilon)