We Rock For Autism Festival

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This fall there will be a rally, festival, fundraiser to promote autism awareness and the power of music through music therapy for children and adults with autism or special needs. The event is going to be held in Cramerton, NC at the green area on 8th Ave.  across the street from the public access bridge to Goat Island. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund the non-profit group WE ROCK FOR AUTISM.

You can learn more about by visiting their website @  

or visit and like them on Facebook @

Money raised will help cover upfront costs for the event including permits, supplies, promotional items, merchandise, sound equipment rentals, and other materials and services that will be required to put on the biggest and best event possible.

To give you a quick description of what is planned, it will be an afternoon of information, demonstrations, live music, giveaways, food, fun, and games. We will be inviting local music therapists to come and give demonstrations of their techniques and services as well as asking any local autism and special needs therapy and service providers to come out and share information about what they have to offer. 

There will also be live music performances and we'll give anyone who wants to get up and strut their stuff the opportunity to perform karaoke style to their favorite musical tracks.

Planning is in the early stages so additional attractions may be added.

Fundraising efforts are beginning now because there is a lot of work and planning to be done and we want to give ourselves plenty of time to get all our ducks in a row so there are no last minute expenses or surprises. 

I'm not going to ask you to simply donate without doing something to earn your support.
So I'm going to put my feet where my mouth is.
I'm going to take on the 100 miles in 30 days challenge!!!

Beginning on March 10th I will be walking and hiking the greenways, trails, and mountains all around the Gaston, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg County area including Crowder's Mountain and all the  Carolina Thread Trail locations. I will be posting my progress every day including photos, videos, and GPS mapping so you keep up with my mileage and see how long it takes me to reach the 100 mile mark.

Keep up with my progress @ 

Oh by the way, my name is Doug Canipe and I have a son who is on the Autism Spectrum. I'm also a huge music lover and I know how much my son enjoys music and how the sounds, beats, melodies, and different tempos and moods of music can affect and benefit children and adults with special needs or other issues related to stress, depression, developmental and emotional disabilities, and sensory issues.

When I came across the WE ROCK FOR AUTISM website I was immediately attracted to and impressed  by what they were doing. I ordered a few t-shirts from their website and reached out to see if I could help out and be of part of what they were doing in any way. I saw that they were putting on fundraising events in Florida and asked if I could do something here in my neck of the woods with their support and assistance. They said sure....so here we are!

Everyone either has someone in their family or at least knows someone with Autism or other special needs and I hope you can all help to spread the word to others and donate if you are able. Any amount helps. $3000 is the initial goal but if we can go above and beyond that, it would be awesome!

Not a dime will be wasted and everything will be going to a great cause!

Current plans for any money raised by the festival will be to donate to a local music therapist or therapists in Gaston County and surrounding areas in the form of funding and equipment as well as  providing those with a need but without insurance the opportunity to particapate in one or a series of music therapy sessions that will be paid for in full or partially depending on individual situations.

I also hope to be able to donate to Gaston County Special Olympics and begin a fund for a WE ROCK FOR AUTISM chapter in North Carolina  to help with additional local Gaston County fundraising, awareness, and just for fun events in the future.

Some ideas are bowling nights, musical hikes and nature walks, concerts at local music venues, and the creation of one or possibly a series of singalong kid friendly rock and roll compact discs and downloadable songs.

The sky is the limit but all will be dependent on the amount of money we can raise.

Of course, a portion will also be going directly to the WE ROCK FOR AUTISM founders to assist them with what they are doing in the South Florida area.

Anyone donating any amount will have their name listed in the event program that will be available for people who attend.

Anyone donating $50 or more will receive an event t-shirt. These will be delivered to you a few weeks before the event.

If you aren't able to donate, you can also help by clicking the share buttons at the top of the page and posting it on your social media pages. Tell your friends, spread the word!

Thank you so much, more information coming soon!

NOTE: I'm looking to make contact with local music therapists and other autism and special needs service providers who might be interested in coming out and taking part in this festival. I'm in the process of speaking with people now but if you know someone, please tell them to contact me by calling or texting (704) 915-5104

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Some photos from the first week of the 100 miles in 30 days challenge.
More @ www.facebook.com/groups/gastonhikers
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I started the 100 miles in 30 days challenge on the 10th. The 11th and 12 were very cold and rainy so I had to miss two days.....but, I've hiked every day since then to make up for lost miles. I'm giving daily updates complete with photos on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/groups/gastonhikers
Please go there to keep up with my progress. If you are in the Gaston County area and enjoy hiking, please join the group and post!
And as always, please share, share, share this post and this page with your friends and family on social media and tag anyone and everything that you think might be interested! Thanks so much!
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This coming Saturday, March 10th....I will begin the 100 miles in 30 days challenge. The plan is to hike or walk every single day for 30 days but of course things happen and weather happens so I may be forced to skip a day or two along the way. The 100 mile goal WILL be achieved however....and I actually plan on exceeding it by as much as possible. I will be posting updates on my progress here but you can also follow along on facebook by going to a group I just created called GASTON COUNTY HIKERS.

You can view it here

Please follow along when you can and please, please, please share this info about this page with anyone who is interested. It's still a long time until September but raising as much as possible now will allow everything needed to be bought and paid for well in advance and make things go much more smoothly.

Please give if you can but even if you can't, click share to let others know about the campaign.

Thanks so much!!!

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Event location - 8th Ave. - Cramerton, NC
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