20th Jan 2018
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.



Kate Ceberano

She’s been Australia’s high priestess of pop, an award winning jazz singer, wears the hat of a fine artistic director and, above all that, Kate Ceberano is a songwriter with the talent to take a tune to the top of the charts.

2016 saw the release of the Kate Ceberano Anthology, her 24th album – three disc, 53 Song celebration of the 30 year anniversary since the release of her 1st album “Bear Witness” with Kate fronting the band I’m Talking. Remarkably, she shows no sign of slowing down, let alone stopping.

In 2014 Kate Ceberano became the first Australian woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame. Her achievements have now included five Platinum albums, five Gold albums and over 2 million albums sold in Australia alone.

In 2016, Kate released Anthology, a celebration of Kate’s iconic 35 year career, which marks the 30th anniversary of the release of I’m Talking’s “Bear Witness” and is a comprehensive look at Kate’s impressive back catalogue. Including a selection of new songs, and never before released tracks including Kate’s cover of The Carpenter’s “We’ve Only Just Begun” which was the end title track from the iconic Australian movie The Castle, and two songs written and performed with Paul Kelly, and also duets with some of music’s biggest names (John Farnham, Ronan Keating, David Campbell, Wendy Matthews, Jon Stevens and more).

Adding to Kate’s already impressive list of honours, in June of 2016, Kate was awarded an Order of Australia for Charitable Work, and Services to the Music Industry.

Twenty four albums over 30 years makes Kate Ceberano the most prolific Australian female recording artist of this era. Kate Ceberano is a bone fide national treasure, possessing one of the great voices of her generation. Long may she run.


Woodlock have just spent the last year playing sold out shows all over the country, while also taking to the stage at prestigious festivals such as NYE on the Hill and Falls. All while managing to release the acclaimed single ‘The Only Ones’, which was co-written by Lindsey Jackson (Tori Kelly, Bertie Blackman)… And now Woodlock are back with another stellar single titled ‘Something Broke That Day’.

Kiwi brothers Zech and Eze Walters on guitar and vocals, and their mate Bowen Purcell on percussion. Zech, Eze and Bowen formed a strong friendship after meeting whilst travelling overseas and from there, Woodlock was born. Now based in Melbourne, the boys have gained some great recognition and created a strong following from tirelessly busking on every corner of the Melbourne CBD.

Woodlock have always focussed on developing strong, creative and energetic live performances, to take their shows to the next level. Woodlock’s second EP ‘Labour of Love’, released in 2014 was produced by Wayne Connolly (Josh Pyke, The Vines) and made an appearance in the ARIA top 100 and iTunes charts. Woodlock released ‘Sirens’ in September 2015, which gained them spots on the independent charts, top 50 iTunes charts and top 10 spots on Spotify viral charts.

Woodlock have clocked up around 29,000 independent EP sales to date. So with a new single, comes a new tour and the boys are champing at the bit to get back out on the road.


Madhouse is a brass driven party band that’s been going strong now for over 18 years with a range of sounds from R&B, to early 80’s U.K. influenced music. Added to that, their set includes a wide repertoire of old and new Top 40 disco/dance music that picks up elements of rock for capping off any night of partying.


Renowned for their entertaining and energetic live shows, be prepared for a serious work-out on the dance floor (more like a ‘pump class’ at your local gym!) as the Madhouse boys love to party and are looking forward to giving you a dose of Madhouse mayhem!


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.

Rock Off MND 2018 Raffle Prize Winners


1st Prize
Bernie McCartney, Barwon Heads
Volkswagen Polo Trendline DSG valued at $22,700 generously donated by Rex Gorell Family Group

2nd Prize
Joan Nicol, Grovedale
Original oil on linen canvas painting named ‘Napoleon’ valued at $5,000

3rd Prize
Rosemary Eckholm, Flinders Island
2 Business class flights to Sydney flying Virgin Australia plus 2 nights accommodation at The Ibis Darling Harbour, valued at $3,000 donated by Geelong Travel.

4th Prize
Lynne Jenkins, Castlemaine
Kiln formed glass piece called ‘Reef Break’ by Point Lonsdale Glass Artist David Hobday valued at $625



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

Tickets cost $56 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 5:00pm and the entertainment commences at 5:45pm. The event concludes at 11:00pm.

5.45pm Woodlock
7.30pm Kate Ceberano and band
9.30pm Madhouse

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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