4th March 2017
Deakin Waterfront

About Rock Off MND

Rock Off MND, A Night To Make A Difference is a live music event that will raise much-needed funds and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Rock Off MND was inspired by Jenny Simko, who was diagnosed with MND in August 2014. Currently, there is no known cure and no effective treatment for this debilitating and terminal disease.

All net proceeds from Rock Off MND are donated directly to support vital MND research. 

Rock up for a fantastic night of entertainment or donate generously in support of this great cause.

For more information on Motor Neurone Disease check out MND Victoria.



Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks

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With a stellar career spanning more than 45 years and showing no signs of slowing, Mr Eagle Rock Ross Wilson is one of Australian rock music’s most enduring and lauded talents. Twice inducted in to the ARIA Hall of Fame (1989 solo and 2006 with Daddy Cool), Wilson continues to win acclaim.

From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, as a solo artist, or as songwriter of A-grade classics such as Eagle Rock, Cool World and A Touch of Paradise, or producer of the legendary Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep, The Johnnys, and The Screaming Jets, Ross’s involvement with success has continued unabated.

Ross fronted Daddy Cool & exploded out of the 70s playing rootsy 50s sounds. He then formed Mondo Rock who surfed the contemporary scene with chart topping singles & albums from the mid-70s to the late 80s. As a solo performer and major songwriter he continued to achieve success & make his mark during the 90s & beyond with his songs being recorded by artists as diverse as Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, and many more.

The Kite Machine

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The Kite Machine, delivers tight, riff-driven funk-rock, resonating somewhere between the sounds of The Black Keys & Chilli Peppers.

After the success of the single ‘Lunatics’ – which reached #1 on triple j Unearthed’s overall chart – the boys have been gaining momentum for their explosive live show. Dexterous guitar, a dancing bass and crisp, unique vocals flood the senses in their 6 track EP The Crook and the Skank. Their sound is sparse and clear yet powerful in its feel and passion.

The Kite Machine live, offer an invitation into their funky world, an opportunity to share their addictive sounds. The Geelong trio led by Levi Anderson are undoubtedly a must see outfit.

Benny Walker

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Benny Walker is the real deal with his love songs and epic tales mixed with passion for the land, the people and laid back grooves, all elements that emanate through his velvety vocals and sensitive delivery.

Benny has released album #4 ‘Through The Forest’ independently through Black Murphy Records. Having performed alongside some of Australia’s finest; Benny was awarded Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award for Best New Talent in 2012.

In recent years he has performed at some of the country’s best-loved festivals, including Woodford, Australasian Worldwide Music Expo, St Kilda Fest and Blue Mountains Music Festival and also taken the plunge into the Canadian festival circuit.

Chunky Jam

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Young, talented, dynamic and fabulous, Chunky Jam are Melbourne’s most in-demand cover band.

With multiple appearances on stage at Melbourne’s Fed Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations, Chunky jam know how to entertain a big crowd.

Chunky Jam also performed as support act for Mariah Carey’s recent New Year’s Eve performance at Crown Palladium.

Chunky Jam are bringing their big sounding 9 piece band for Rock Off MND and are certain to get everyone racing for the dance floor.

Raffle Prize Winners – 2016

Rock Off MND is delighted to announce the winners of the MND Charity Fundraiser Raffle 2016:

1st Prize: Ford Fiesta 5 door hatch Manual
– Reena Bagga, Point Cook, Vic

2nd Prize: Market Square Geelong Shopping voucher
– Gary Eldridge, Highton, Vic

3rd Prize: Sherrin Football signed by Tom Hawkins
– Dwayne Baker, Montmorency, Vic

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone that supported our fundraising raffle.


On the 7th of August 2014 Jenny Simko was given devastating news that would change her life forever. After ten months of medical tests Jen was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). At the age of 53 she was happy, fit, enjoying life, happily married for 30 years, and was a proud mother of 3 wonderful children.

Receiving news that she had a terminal illness with no known cause and no known cure was shattering. Jen however amazed everyone with her remarkably positive approach in handling her situation and was truly inspiring.

As a registered nurse for over 30 years Jen had dedicated her life to helping people, and never expected to be needing care at that stage of her life. However MND is a cruel disease that does not discriminate and kills over 100,000 people globally each year.

Jen handled her many challenges with MND with incredible positivity, strength, grace, dignity and a sense of calm. Sadly however Jen passed away on the 14th November 2015.

The concept behind ‘Rock Off MND’ was originally conceived by Jen, and we know people will support this great initiative to help work towards finding a cure for this devastating disease. Through Jen’s inspiration we are determined to raise as much money as possible through ‘Rock Off MND’, with all net proceeds being donated to vital MND research.

Please join us for a fantastic night of entertainment or donate generously in support of this great cause.


Tickets can only be purchased online at the event website www.rockoffmnd.com.au

Tickets cost $50 plus booking fee per person.

No refunds available. The event will proceed rain, hail or shine.

All net proceeds from Rock Off MND, will be donated to MND Victoria for vital MND research.

Yes. Children are permitted however as this is held at a licensed venue children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children also must have a valid ticket.

Patrons are permitted entry from 4.30pm and the entertainment commences at 5:00pm. The event concludes at 11:00pm.

Free parking is available at Deakin University Carpark located across the road from the venue. Entrance via Smythe Street.

Rock Off MND will be staged in the outdoor courtyard. In the event of inclement weather the event will be staged indoors, adjacent to the courtyard.

No, BYO food or alcohol is not permitted at this event. A great range of food and drinks will be sold at the venue.

Deakin University is a non-smoking venue.

Yes pass outs will be available.

No, however some seating will be available at the venue.

Deakin University has excellent wheelchair access throughout.



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