A Nanaimo children’s entertainer is giving away his songs and stories to help raise money for a pair of institutions supporting children in the region.
Longtime Nanaimo resident Steve Romanik, who goes by the stage name Mountain Dweller, recently partnered with the Nanaimo Child Development Centre and B.C. Children’s Hospital and is offering free downloads of his recordings in exchange for donations to those two organizations.
“I contacted the B.C. Children’s Hospital and told them the idea and concept I had about donating my music, and I’ve got just over 20 short stories now, to people who make donations and they were pretty happy with the idea,” Romanik said, adding that the NCDC was “very happy with the idea as well.”
Romanik has been writing and recording his songs and stories for children since his first grandchild was born 12 years ago. He’s since performed at schools in Nanaimo and Campbell River.
Romanik said he now has six grandchildren, and while none of them has had to visit those facilities, he’s thankful that those services are available.
“I can’t think of a much better agency to try to help out,” he said. “It’s our future, the young kids.”
Click here to donate to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre and click here to donate to the B.C. Children’s Hospital. After making a donation, visit Romanik’s website to view his songs and stories and then contact him to request a download. Romanik is encouraging children to donate as well.