Jordan Caine would have been impressed and proud of the money raised in his name this past weekend at CainerFest held over two nights at Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor. More than $11,000 was raised to support programs and services for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB).
“2018 went off without a hitch,” said Andrea Milne. “It was an awesome time and we raised $11,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association suicide prevention and awareness program. It was a great party weekend and we can’t wait to make it bigger and better next year. We aimed for $15,000, but I think that Jordan would be very happy with the event and the way it went. It’s the same today as it was when started – with family and friends rocking out in his name, and now it’s become a huge community event where everybody can participate and know they’re not alone in their mental health journeys.”
Jordan Caine, who went by the nickname “Cainer”, completed suicide on August 13, 2014 at the age of 27. Nearly 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year – an average of more than 10 suicides a day. CainerFest gave patrons and supporters an opportunity to take a stand in an effort to make mental illness a compulsory part of Ontario’s health care system. Mental health affects physical health, interpersonal relationships, and the overall ability to function as a part of society.
Including this year, Cainerfest has raised more than $41,000 in support of the CMHA Bereavement program.
519 Magazine photographers Kirk Harris and Maureen Stewart of K&M Photography were on hand all weekend to capture the action.