Yearly concert the sound of love

Annual ‘For the Love of a Child’ benefit returns to Dougals Park

For the Love of a Child returns for the third year to Douglas Park, later this month.

The annual music festival, this year titled All My Love, happens on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will go rain or shine on the Spirit Square stage in Douglas Park, 20550 Douglas Cres.

Singer Jackie Maksymiw is once again organizing the event in support of her nine-year-old niece, Julia, a bone cancer survivor.

Local artists from Langley, the Fraser Valley and across Lower Mainland, including instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers will volunteer their talents, performing a variety of music, from barbershop, to classical, contemporary, gospel, musical theatre and jazz for the community’s entertainment. 

The event is free of charge, however, donations will be accepted on admission and throughout the event. Cash, cheques and coins are happily accepted. 

Some chairs will be provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and tents as desired.

Last year’s concert raised money for a custom-made bike and ongoing rehabilitation therapy for Julia, who at three years old, lost her leg to osteosarcoma and later had a malignant lung tumour – often associated with the bone cancer – removed. 

This summer, the goal is to raise $6,000 to pay for a year of adaptive pediatric physiotherapy.

Performing alongside Maksymiw, will be Andrew McDougall, Nick Parsons, Daphne Rademaker, Calvin Dyck, Doug Makela, Mixed Company and Even Keel.