PARCours = Solidarity in Motion

By DFD|September 6, 2016|Health Services, Summer Events|

e4c570f4904c4e3ea826a1308dc65bd8-cm8 We’re gearing up for PARCours! Our annual HIV/AIDS fall fundraiser is taking a new, exciting neighbourhood-based approach this year and we are so stoked. A roving celebration through the streets of NDG, we’re keeping it local and vocal to raise funds to support Head & Hands’ amazing health services, meet continued needs in our communities, and celebrate how far we’ve come as we look towards the future. Come join the journey with us! This year, our goal is to raise $25,000 for our health services! Big numbers can be intimidating, but we know with your support that anything is possible! *We've raised $215 already*#wevegotthis --------------- Did you know? Nearly one-quarter of all new HIV diagnoses in 2013 were in youth.1 HIV disproportionately impacts marginalized youth: The HIV prevalence rate for street-involved and homeless youth is five times the national youth average, while the rates for youth who inject drugs and young Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) are 15 and 20 times higher, respectively.2 Indigenous populations have incidence (new HIV infection) rates 2.7 times higher than people of other ethnicities.3 --------------- At Head & Hands, we believe that our role in the movement to end HIV/AIDS means focusing on honest, youth-tailored methods of reducing risk of infection, holistic resources and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and fighting stigma and criminalization. We are committed to meeting youth where they’re at- providing the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions. We know that risk reduction works! Your donation will go towards our three core health services: 1) Our twice-weekly medical clinics were accessed 785 times last year! Committed to levelling systemic and societal barriers to access to quality health care, our clinic welcomes all clients regardless of status, health insurance, and financial resources, and runs Montreal’s only trans health program for youth using an informed consent intake process. 2) The Sense Project is our peer-based sex-ed program! Reaching nearly 1700 youth last year - the project offers a series of holistic workshops covering topics including STIs, consent, gender identity, sexual orientation, contraception, and more! 3) Our Street Work program distributed 7,875 injection kits, 298 crack pipes, and 14,828 condoms last year! The only program of its kind in NDG, the program provides in-the-streets risk reduction resources and holistic support to youth and drug-users facing discrimination and marginalization. --------------- Just can’t get enough? Don’t worry, we have SO many more reasons for you to $upport and celebrate in the streets with us! In the coming weeks, we will be interviewing PARCours-ers and donors to ask why they’re supporting, along with other sweet surprises! ************************************************************* Want to JOIN Parcours and danse la danse? Sign up HERE! Want to DONATE to an individual or H&H as a whole? Donate HERE! Want to HELP / HANG OUT with us on October 2nd for this fun-omenal fundraising day? Please do! Bonus: there will be BBQ~ ************************************************************* Questions? Wanna volunteer? <3 Get in touch with us: Richenda at membres@headandhands.ca and Cinder at specialprojects@headandhands.ca!
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