Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund Gets $20k Donation From Swedish Rock Festival
January 8, 2015 at 11:04 AM (PT)
The RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND, the charity founded in memory of the late rock singer, has been presented with a surprise donation raised by attendees of the 2014 GETAWAY ROCK FESTIVAL held last SUMMER in GAVLE, SWEDEN.
Representatives of the FESTIVAL, which featured SLAYER, VOLBEAT, DIMMU BORGIR and STEEL PANTHER, among more than 50 other bands, contacted DIO CANCER FUND President WENDY DIO to present the donation of $20,133.13.
THE GETAWAY ROCK FESTIVAL, held AUGUST 7th-9th, introduced a cashless payment system for the first time in its five-year history whereby attendees used cash and credit cards to load funds onto RFID chips attached to their wristbands. At the conclusion of the three days, participants were given the choice of receiving a refund of any remaining funds contained in their chips or donating that balance to the charity. The donation is the result of attendees opting to donate the money remaining on their chips to further the Fund's important work.
"I cannot thank the organizers of the GETAWAY ROCK FESTIVAL and all the wonderful fans enough for making this donation possible," said WENDY DIO. "It came as such a wonderful surprise, and every penny will go to cancer research so that one day we will find a cure for this terrible disease that takes so many of our loved one's lives. RONNIE would be so proud of you all."
RONNIE JAMES DIO, the world-renowned voice of DIO, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL, died on MAY 16th, 2010 of gastric cancer. A series of events to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his passing are in the planning stages for this MAY.
To learn more about the FUND or to make a donation, visit www.diocancerfund.org.