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.



Jon Stevens

Jon Stevens is a member of that exclusive club: The Kiwis who are so successful and talented, we claim them as our own. Jon was already a star in New Zealand when he relocated to Australia in 1981. By the time he was 18, he’d had two chart-topping singles in NZ, ‘Jezebel’ and ‘Montego Bay’. In Sydney, Jon started a band called The Change, but they changed their name to Noiseworks after signing a record deal. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Noiseworks’ first hit, ‘No Lies’. In the ’90s, Jon starred in the arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar; playing Judas. Jon has done some remarkable gigs in his career. After four Top 10 albums with Noiseworks and Top 10 hits including ‘Take Me Back’, ‘Touch’ and ‘Hot Chilli Woman’, Jon fronted INXS for more than three years, which included a gig at the closing ceremony at the Sydney Olympics. Jon is also one of only 20 Australians to have run with the Olympic Torch and the Paralympic Torch on the opening day of both events in 2000. For Jon, 35 years after arriving in Australia, the dedication to writing, recording and performing continues. In 2016, he has been writing and recording in the US with iconic musician/songwriter/producer Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics, for release later in the year.

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell is one of Australia’s most versatile and much loved entertainers. From leading roles on Home and Away, House Husbands, Big Sky, Dead Gorgeous and host of national prime time shows Celebrity Singing Bee, Wheel of Fortune, National Bingo Night and countless other TV roles, to lead roles in the stage shows Wicked, Rent and Shout!, Tim is certainly a star of both stage and screen. When he’s not Dancing With the Stars or entertaining on Channel 9’s Carols By Candlelight, Tim is performing the classic 70s and 80s dance floor hits with his band from his ARIA top 30 and iTunes top 10 album High School Disco, travelling around the country in concert and at special events. Tim has just finished playing Corny Collins in the national tour of Hairspray the Arena Spectacular, and is about to tread the boards once again in the national tour of Grease the Arena Experience as Johnny Casino.

Pierce Brothers

Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world. Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for sometime. The acclaimed live act has been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across UK, Europe, Canada, USA and their native Australia.

Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi instrumentalists have sold over 50,000 EP’s independently.

To launch their Top 10 ARIA EP “Into The Dirt” Pierce Brothers toured the world, playing over 50 dates across 15 different countries selling out multiple shows and performing at some of the world’s largest festivals.

Their top 10 ARIA EP ‘Into the Dirt’ is out now!


Maddy Jane

Tasmanian artist Maddy Jane has launched onto the scene with her single “Drown It Out” getting added to rotation on national broadcaster triple j, earning the Unearthed feature artist of the week.

Growing up on Tasmania’s Bruny Island, Maddy Jane developed a love of music and songwriting listening to Paul Kelly and Courtney Barnett. It’s not surprising that Maddy Jane possesses that Australiana feel with her rollicking, indie-pop, introspective narrative interweaving with her tight-knit band “The Janes”.

Maddy Jane spent the better part of 2016 touring Australia supporting Tash Sultana, Montaigne, Luca Brasi and playing a string of headline shows to celebrate the release of single “Drown It Out”.

Listen and follow Maddy Jane here:

Spotify – https://goo.gl/8dxsXK
iTunes – https://itun.es/au/RZkyfb

Raffle Prize Winners – 2017

1st Prize: Volkswagen Polo Trendline DSG Auto White

– Andrew Thomson, Eastwood, Vic

2nd Prize: 2 Business Class flights to the Gold Coast flying Virgin Australia plus 2 nights

accommodation at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

– Fiona Lucas, Prahran, Vic

3rd Prize: $1,000 Myer Coles Group Gift cards

– Pom MacKenzie, Barrabool, Vic

4th Prize: “Breaking Wave” kiln formed glass by Glass Artist David Hobday

– Charles Rockefeller, Newtown, 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 $55 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 5:30pm. The event concludes at 11:00pm.

5.30pm Maddy Jane
6.20pm Pierce Brothers
7.45pm Jon Stevens and band
9.30pm Tim Campbell and band

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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