The Mayday Club Youth Choir for Autism Advocacy hosts a kick-off event on Sunday, May 15.
The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Coast Abbotsford Hotel, 2020 Sumas Way, and includes a free sponsor and volunteer appreciation dinner.
Following dinner, there will be an introduction of the team, some special announcements and a question-and-answer session.
The choir is a rock performance team for children, teens and young adults with autism, ADHD, depression and anxiety that aims to spread the message of diversity through rock music and dancing.
The program is organized by some local university students.
The group plans on rehearsing from September to April and then performing at various venues and events in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland.
The club will donate all proceeds from concerts and merchandise sales to the Music Heals Music Therapy Foundation, to bring music therapy to sick kids across B.C.
As well, the choir will offer volunteer hours to high school students and the opportunity to make friends and benefit from free music lessons.
Children will be partnered with a like-minded high school student, and St. John Ambulance will send a therapy dog and handler to each practice in case any of the young team members feel overwhelmed.
Visit maydayclubyouthchoir.com for more information.