VIDEO: Cainerfest Looks To Rake In Thousands For Mental Health
The fourth annual Cainerfest is underway and heading into a second day Saturday for the first time in the event's history.
Jordan Caine took his own life back in 2014 after losing a battle with bi-polar disorder — he was just 27 years old. Instead of mourning privately, friends and family decided to throw a party to raise money for mental-health instead, and Cainerfest was born. To date the event has raised more than $30,000 for suicide-prevention programs and the Windsor-Essex Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Event founder Andrea Milne tells AM800 News holding the concert is the best way to continue the talented musician story and help others at the same time.
"Your story isn't over yet, Jordan decided to write the end of his story before he could live through the rest of the chapters," she says. "We're hoping by continuing to write his story so that maybe somebody else will be motivated and inspired to wait a little bit and see how the rest of the story unfolds for them."
Milne says mental-health has to continue to be thrust into the spotlight whenever possible.
"Mental-healthcare is so important, it's just as important as biological-healthcare and they're starting to realize the impact on the community. Not just the person, but how they affect their community as a whole," says Milne.
She says they hope to raise more than $15,000 for the CMHA and other programs this year.
Cainerfest wraps up at 2am Friday and resumes from 5pm to 2am at the Rockstar Music Hall on Central Ave. near Ypres Blvd. Saturday night.
The 4th Annual Cainerfest is underway at the Rockstar Music Hall on Central Ave. and Ypres Blvd. More than $30,000 has been raised for #mentalhealth in the name of Jordan Cainer to date. Organizers hope to add $15,000 to that total this year. #cklw pic.twitter.com/ADgTq3Vdqa— Gord Bacon (@baconAM800) September 7, 2018