Joel Plaskett to headline tribute concert for fallen Mounties
Over the last month, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to support the families of three RCMP officers shot and killed in Moncton on June 4.
A tribute concert will be held this weekend in honour of constables Dave Ross, Douglas Larche, and Fabrice Gevaudan. The show is set to take place Saturday in Moncton, headlined by Halifax singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett.
“Common response among musicians here is just ‘where do I sign up? Where do you need me to be?’” says concert promoter Jared Lutes.
Lutes says he hopes sales for Saturday’s concert spike; so far they have only sold 60 tickets.
Funds raised will be donated to the Moncton Fallen RCMP Members Fund.
Countless fundraisers have been held across the country, including a Father’s Day run that drew thousands people to the Petitcodiac and raised more than $100,000.
The Moncton Hospital donated $10,000 to the cause and police in Winnipeg pulled together more than $20,000 earlier this week.
The RCMP foundation says it has received hundreds of thousands of dollars for the fund so far, but it is too early to say how much the final tally will be.
The foundation only knows what has been mailed to them at this time. There is still money coming in from other fundraisers and the RCMP are still receiving calls about other fundraising events in the works.
“The money, however much is raised, or has been raised to date, will be divided up amongst the three families of our three fallen members,” says Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh of the New Brunswick RCMP.
Police say they have not received any reports of scams, but caution the public to do their research before they donate.
“I would refer to the RCMP website and to go through the RCMP fund, because it is a legitimate foundation,” says Rogers-Marsh.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Sarah Plowman