The reinvigorated Charlottetown and East chapter of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is rejuvenating efforts to raise awareness on the impact of impaired driving while raising funds with a concert on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Heritage Hall of the Dundas Plowing Match grounds.
It will feature the Chaisson Trio, Tip Er Back and step dancer Vanessa Bernard.
The chapter was established by the family and friends of Stacey Cheverie who was killed by a drunk driver in 2011. That year, there were 373 impaired driving convictions in the province. For 75 per cent, it was their third or more conviction.
In 1978, when well-known Island fiddler Sheila MacKenzie's teenaged sisters were killed by a drunk driver in Souris, the number of convictions was an incredible 1,554.
"Obviously the number of convictions has drastically decreased over the years, but the fact that there are still so many cases of impaired driving by people of all ages is hugely disappointing," said MacKenzie, a new member of the MADD chapter.
"There is still a need for greater awareness and to develop ways to get to the point of zero convictions."
The evening of lively Island music and hospitality will also include a 50/50 draw and canteen service. All ages are welcome with admission to the concert by cash only.
The Heritage Hall is located at 260 Little River Rd., at the Dundas Plowing Match grounds, with doors opening at 7p.m.