Charity on the Rocks storms The Wave

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Tomorrow The Wave will be filled with rock bands, students and philanthropists, as the Undergraduate Engineering Society presents Charity On The Rocks.

For the past five years, Charity On The Rocks has raised money for Engineers Without Borders, which promotes international development and sustainability.

Though it was initially a small event, it now attracts people from across Ontario. The Undergraduate Engineering Society hopes to raise $5,000.

Every year, the UES selects a lineup of charity-focused bands. This year it has recruited three Western bands and a signed Toronto act.

Two Charity On The Rocks veterans, The Righteous Pink, an engineering funk-rock band, and The OchO, a well-known Western rock group, will perform. New on the bill are Western eng-rockers Paradox Theory and Toronto’s The Sea Inside.

“Hopefully, as this event continues to gain more momentum, more people will become aware of the show and aware of the important initiatives that EWB pursues,” says Federico Berruit, an event organizer.

A large international charity organization, EWB sends engineers and engineering students to developing countries to help promote sustainability.

Last year, the event helped pay for the flights of engineering students travelling to Africa to work on development projects in Ghana and Malawi.

The UES is also heavily involved in charity events like Shinerama, the Terry Fox Run and food drives.

According to Berruti, the UES hopes to spread “social justice to engineering students and others across campus as well.”

Charity on the Rocks takes place Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. at The Wave. Tickets are available at InfoSource and the UES office, Room 1001 in the Spencer Engineering Building. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

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