An annual event designed to raise awareness about child abuse prevention kicks off Monday night in Granger.
In its the seventeenth year, U-93 Radio has partnered with Martin’s Supermarket for their annual Roofsit. This year it is being held at Heritage Square in Granger.
Since the first Roofsit, the event has raised $1.8 million for child abuse programs in the community.
According to U-93 DJ Rob Sparks, all of the money raised stays in the Michiana community.
“Not a lot of charities can say we give back the amount that we raise but we do,” Sparks added. All funds raised through the Roofsit are channeled through community grants to prevent child abuse.
The week-long event begins with a free concert by Edwardsburg natives “Megan and Liz” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The singing duo is coming off a tour with Macy’s “Great American Road trip” and was happy to come back to their hometown area to perform for charity.
New events have also been added this year to show folks easy ways they can enjoy quality healthy family time.
Sparks says some of his favorite parts from past Roofsits involve getting a chance to talk with folks who come out in support of the event, some of whom were victims of abuse.
“One of my favorite stories was last year, a little girl who was about five years old was listening to the radio and told her parents she wanted to donate to the kids and they asked her what money, and she had been going around the house picking up loose change and had a shoebox full of money,” Sparks recalled.
Even though the event moved off an actual rooftop this year, the message is still the same.
“There's going to be tears, there's going to be laughter, we're going to learn how to watch for child abuse and different ways we can prevent it,” said Rob Sparks of U93. “We're also going to hear stories that make us cry and make us remember why we're here.”
Donations are encouraged at the concert and throughout the week.