SHOW CONTINUES: Despite being sidelined by COVID, first responder benefit concert for young girl is a departure


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Early last year, Paramedic Tim Partridge had an idea on how to raise funds to help his friend’s family pay for the special needs of their young daughter born with a rare genetic neurodevelopmental disease.

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What he came up with was a charity concert featuring bands made up entirely of first responders like him. Originally scheduled for April 7, 2020, Responderpalooza – Songs for Sophie has been suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting public health restrictions.

Over the past year and a half, Partridge said he never gave up hope the show would continue. Next month, that will finally be the case. The concert is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 20 at the Park Theater, which is currently undergoing major renovations.

“I had always believed it would come true,” said Partridge, whose group Mr. Noodles – made up of two paramedics, a firefighter and a dispatcher – is co-headlining the four-group showcase. “We tried to squeeze through the waves of the pandemic. But it was too big a project in the end to just introduce something into it. We never really had the rules to cooperate with us. It inevitably turned into this thing that was a carrot hanging in front of a horse for a year and a half.

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At the age of three months, Sophie Chidwick was diagnosed with infantile spasms, a form of seizure that causes developmental delay unless the seizures are stopped with treatment. Her family is struggling with appointments and procedures and is saving for a wheelchair accessible van for the family and making their home more accessible for Sophie.

“I didn’t know we would get to this point,” said Ben, Sophie’s father, when asked if he doubted the series would continue. “I thought we could still be in the pandemic for a few more months. But I was just excited to keep it going. “

Tickets cost $ 10 each and are available at myparktheatre.com. Doors open at 7 p.m., show from 8 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Chidwick family.

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Paramedic Tim Partridge (right) and Ben Chidwick pose for a photo outside the Park Theater on Osborne Street in Winnipeg.  Four groups including first responders will perform a fundraising concert, Responderpalooza: Songs for Sophie, on October 20 to help care for Chidwick's five-year-old daughter, Sophie, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. neurological development.  The fundraising showcase was originally scheduled for April 7, 2020, but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting Manitoba public health restrictions.
Paramedic Tim Partridge (right) and Ben Chidwick pose for a photo outside the Park Theater on Osborne Street in Winnipeg. Four groups including first responders will perform a fundraising concert, Responderpalooza: Songs for Sophie, on October 20 to help care for Chidwick’s five-year-old daughter Sophie, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. neurological development. The fundraising showcase was originally scheduled for April 7, 2020, but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting Manitoba public health restrictions. Photo by Glen Dawkins /Winnipeg Sun

“It’s also a celebration of Sophie, not just a fundraiser for her,” Ben said. “It’s a celebration of her and a celebration of the first responders, which is fantastic. It means a lot to us that we are able to give her the things that she needs, otherwise it would be a huge fight. “

“He now has two goals and the first goal is to help Sophie and her family,” Partridge said. “The second is a party everyone has been waiting to have.”

In the year and a half that the pandemic has gripped life in general, people have come to appreciate the work of first responders and show their appreciation in ways that have not been seen. since a while. Partridge, for her part, is hoping the event will serve as a “relief valve” for both first responders and the general public.

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“I’m proud of the theme,” Partridge said. “I think that opened a few doors for the event. I also think there is some sort of second motive behind Responderpalooza now. Some people have started to refer to it as a kind of dump valve, something positive to look forward to as opposed to the difficult situation we have been going through for the past year and a half.

“I think we all felt it. I don’t want this event to specifically target medical people or first responders. I want everyone to come check this out.

The event is sponsored by Torque Brewing, the Winnipeg Paramedics Benevolence Society and Power 97 with support from Canadianparamedicine.ca.

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