FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2016
Contact: Elizabeth McDade (585) 224-3125
CONCERT FOR THE COALITON TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING ON MAY 1st AT 4PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Bring the family! The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning is thrilled to announce that the Rochester Medical Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Michael Ruhling, will give a fundraising concert on Sunday May 1st at St. Boniface Church at 330 Gregory Street. The concert will begin at 4:00pm and will feature works by Bizet, Holst, Ravel, Strauss, and more! Admission to the concert is free but donations to benefit the crucial work of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning to help make the children of Monroe County safe from lead paint poisoning will be gratefully accepted.
The Rochester Medical Orchestra brings together doctors, nurses, scientists, students, hospital staff, and members of the community in pursuit of musical excellence, sharing the same values as their professional pursuits—devoted practice and sensitive listening. At each concert, the RMO helps to promote and raise funds for local medically-related non-profit agencies. Past partners include Hope for Haiti, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, and CURE Childhood Cancer.
Lead is a neurotoxin and causes serious health risks including brain damage, behavior issues, hearing loss, kidney damage, and high blood pressure, in both children and adults The major source of lead exposure is lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust found in deteriorating pre-1978 buildings—and primarily in single and double-unit homes. Monroe County has been very successful in reducing the number of children reported with blood lead poisoning, but we still have more work to do!
This unique concert will have a tremendous impact on the children of this community. The Coalition maintains its commitment to having children grow up in lead safe, encouraging all residents to get their pre-1978 homes tested for lead, and asking consumers to hire only EPA Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) certified workers to do any renovation work. Kids deserve a head start, not a lead start.
Eliminating lead poisoning is everyone’s responsibility. Go to www.letsmakeleadhistory.org to learn more about free lead testing of both your children and home, get access to local resources, and request free educational materials. Although devastating, lead poisoning is completely preventable. Together we can end childhood lead poisoning in Monroe County.