WOWIE GOSH! PARCours 2016 was such a success and we want to extend a HUGE, warm thank you to everyone who helped make our event possible and so vibrant!
This year, our team Head & Hands not only danced our beautiful dance to fundraise for our amazing Health Services- we built the PARCours event from the ground up! This year was exceptional in so many ways. What has remained constant is the forever-astounding dedication and involvement of our team, communities, and people who care about what we do.
We are filled with gratitude and love for you all. Thanks for making our 2016 HIV / AIDS fundraiser event one to remember.
Currently, $9,690 has been raised of our $25,000 goal. With just under two months to go in our campaign ending Dec. 1st, we are counting on you to help us keep the momentum up. We can do this!
Every donation counts toward supporting our medical clinics, peer sex-ed Sense Project, and our Street Work program. You have all helped us celebrate Montreal’s youth and prevention, and support for those living with HIV/AIDS, and with your continued support, we can continue providing quality, holistic care. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the total amount raised, and we’re hoping that with your help, we’ll soon be able to celebrate when we reach $25,000.
This year, our fundraising dance-a-thon broke the sunny weather streak, but grey skies didn’t stop our team and HIV/AIDS organizations from Montreal and Quebec from coming out to Girouard Park in Notre-Dame-de-Grace in incredible outfits to flex our dance moves. Many thanks our J2K power team Eva Queen leading us in amazing dance choreography and tunes by Tshizimba.
It was the best day and we can’t wait until next year.
In the meantime, check out more great PARCours photos by Isabel here!
To our partner organizations, staff, volunteers, donors, board members, dancers, and support systems, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Today, we’re talking to our team about the importance of supporting Head & Hands’ unique youth health services through events like PARCours, which raises funds and awareness to support many Montreal groups working on research, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Hi hello, tell us about yourself!
My name is linda and I’m an info and referrals coordinator at Head & Hands, which means i’m usually the first point of contact for folks when they call / come into the office. We aim to foster an open, inviting environment for clients or visitors – making sure they feel comfortable when they come into the space.
i always win at belly-bump wars and i’ve only lost once
Why are you excited for PARCours?
It’s an initiative by and for our community(!) where we pool our expertise, energy, and resources for supporting those living with HIV/AIDS.
It’s stressful to do this every year, but also exciting, because our organization is funded by our members- everyday people; our friends, our families, and people who make up our community. We all make our efforts individually, and it culminates in a $25,000 revenue, which is a lot of money from a lot of people. it always fascinates and inspires me, how many people help support us.
What’s your plan for the big day?
Sleeping really well the night before so i have a lot of energy, and dressing in a bright, fun outfit. Even though i can’t dance i do a little bit of a shimmy.
How did you already raise $1000?!
‘Lil bit here, a lot there! I think i’m privileged to know people who are both generous and still able to contribute to my campaign.
I also organized an event that included an auction, where people volunteered their services for the cause! People were really into it. They liked where the money was going, but it was more than that: they liked getting directly involved and supporting us either non-monetarily, or through investing in something for themselves, while giving. It was really successful!
There you have it — some great words of wisdom and encouragement from Linda, a fundraising – and all around – super star who was also voted best Best Dressed*~ in Ça Marche last year.
Our HIV / AIDS Fundraiser, PARCoursis happening sooooo soon- we have 5 (F-I-V-E, omg) days left until the big day on Sunday October 2nd and we are in crunch time!
So far, we have raised $5,215 of our $25,000 goal, and we super need *your*help to make our Health Services dreams and care a reality!
All funds raised will go towards:
– Our Street Work program (harm-reduction based tools and support for street-involved youth and drug users of all ages)
– Our Sense Project peer-lead sex ed program
– Our Medical Clinic – open to all youth regardless of status, and the only informed-consent Trans health program for youth in Montreal.
There are SO many ways to support us in our fight to continue providing quality, non-judgemental care to youth and drug-users of all ages:
*Like*: having a (by)donation jar to pass around at our next event or social gathering, and letting people know what great things their money is doing! More ideas and cute puppies this way
4. Let everyone know – Share the Head & Hands CanadaHelps page, and PARCours facebook event and website on your social media with a personal message of why you are supporting – Go analog – talk to and follow-up with family & friends offline******************************************************
If you care about supporting youth, do the thing(s)!
If you care about HIV / AIDS prevention and resources, do the thing(s)!
If you recognize consent, safer sex, and harm reduction as SO Vital, do the thing(s)!
If you favourite colour is BLUE, (or yellow, or ….) donate and share(!)
We need your support and appreciate you so much!
If you would consider being involved in 1 or all 4 of these ways in helping support our crucial Health Services, the Head & Hands team and all the youth and people who access direct care and support from them would be so grateful. Every bit has a huge impact.
Thanks so much and see you at the Girouard Park chalet at 12pm on Sunday!
With PARCours only 19(!!) days away, the Head & Hands team is in full swing training– stretching, flexing, picking out our perfect neon outfit ensembles, and of course, reaching out to you – wonderful weberverse! **We’ve raised $2,530 so far with your support** Let’s keep the momentum going! This week, we are sharing helpful ideas and tools to support *you* joining the journey with us. Thinking about becoming a participant but need a boost of PAR-Courage? We’re here for you! We know that asking close networks of friends and family for money can feel awkward. At the same time, the beauty of peer-to-peer fundraisers is how personal they are. Let your networks know why *you* careabout HIV AIDS activism and Hand & Hands’ Health Services – enthusiasm is contagious! E.g. Do they know that Head & Hands believes in health care for all?
This year, we collaborated closely with Médecins du Monde, a health clinic for people without status: 642 youth accessed our Medical Clinic- including 103 youth without health care, and 53 youth without status. Health care and rapid HIV testing are crucial services that we believe everyone has a right to access – with or without papers.
Ever donor will get a Head &Hands thank you card and newsletter!
Another great tool for getting people excited about supporting you is offering…incredible incentives! Offering donors perks by amount of money donated, or as they help you reach milestones of your fundraising goal can be great (and fun) motivators.
Here’s a list of amazing incentive ideas from H&H staff to help get you more and more inspired:
Writing each donor a poem
Sing a song for each donor who donates x amount
Tea party or 5-a-7 for donors
Donors voting for a new hair colour
Donors voting for pieces of your PARCours costume / outfit
Dressing up in a cupid costume and handing out condoms at McGill
Personal shopping or consulting session
Hosting a musical event or workshop
Fulfilling your internet celebrity dreams making motivational workout videos at each fundraising milestone
It’s better together! Consider teaming up with others to turn your fabulous fundraising dreams into reality:
Busking with friends & coworkers
Selling drawings or doing tattoos
Selling soap (or other homemade goods!)
Getting donations (gift cards, items, etc.) and then raffling them off and donating the money
Setting up an “auction” at your next event/party for services
So much amazing content! What emerged that’s key is: tapping into your hobbies, skills, fave activities, and using them to inspire your campaigning! Check out the personal fundraising pages on our CanadaHelps for further inspiration – search for “Head and Hands” under ‘Find a Team’.
Bubbling with ideas? Sign up as an individual or as a team (teamwork makes the dream work) and write up your own!
Considering donating? Giving in support of HIV AIDS communities and resources is a gift in and of itself(!), BUT having the golden opportunity to make your friend dress up as cupid and bless the world with condoms is pretty priceless too! ************************************************************
Want to DONATE to an individual or H&H as a whole? Donate HERE!
Want to HELP / HANG OUT with us on October 2nd? Please do! We are seeking BBQ and Harm Reduction volunteers, AND people to eat snacks with us! Email Cinder at firstname.lastname@example.org ************************************************************ PARCours website CanadaHelps Facebook Event (invite your friends!)
As you know (because you are a devoted and loving fan) every fall we take part in fundraising for our amazing health services, with a focus on supporting HIV/AIDS communities! This year, organizations from around Montreal and Quebec have an opportunity to come together to not only meet continued needs in our communities, but also work together in a celebration of progress as we look towards the future.
You: “Wait, wait, wait…so what’s happening?”
I’ll tell you! On October 2nd, 2016, we will be coming together with other incredible organizations for PARCours. This event is all about togetherness and helping one another in our diverse efforts for supporting HIV/AIDS communities!
The event will also be local to Head & Hands!!! We will be walking, dancing, rolling, moving, and celebrating in the streets around Parc Girouard in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, before a fun-filled (hopefully not too cold) park hang!
You: “This sounds so amazing I’m so hype and excited! How can I get involved?”
There are so many ways that you can support us! I’m so so happy that you want to, thank you so much in your interest!!
You can support us by joining us on our journey. Do you want tojoin as an individual? Do you want to create a teamand fundraise with your friends? YOU CAN DO BOTH OF THOSE THINGS!
You can volunteer or come on the day to dance with us or eat!
You: “So let’s say I decide to donate. What does my donation even do?”
Supporting PARCours means supporting Head & Hands’ amazing health services: the free medical clinic, our peer-based sex-ed Sense Project, and our Street Work Program! Last year, we raised $26,000 for our health services, and we can’t wait to reach even higher! We want to continue to meet youth where they’re at and give them the support that they need, but we can’t do it without the amazing relationships we build with our donors!
In French, parcours is a journey or a path. For us, this year’s event is just that! All different organizations, with all different styles, working towards the same goal and taking the same route along the way. And of course, we’ll be in Parc Girouard!
You: I WANT TO KNOW SO MUCH MORE INFORMATIONS!!
I KNOW YOU DO, BECAUSE YOU’RE THE BEST!
To know more, you can email Richenda at email@example.com, or Cinder at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re here to answer each and every concern!
Solidarity Through Action: Spotlight on Third Eye Ensemble
Solidarity Through Action encourages students as well as the public to lead peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns and special events in their communities to help support Head & Hands. We all share common goals, ideas, and the belief that the causes we hold dear are worth “our” time and effort. The desire to bring about social change is that common ground that creates unity and compels us to work together in solidarity.
The Third Eye Ensemble (TEE) truly understands the meaning of solidarity. As a non-profit theater company that dedicates itself to producing engaging and thought-provoking material, TEE consistently works to not only help create meaningful work for artists themselves, but to also help community organizations, including Head & Hands (H&H).
Co-Founder and Artistic Co-Director Anne-Marie Saheb says that the TEE is “an artist founded company whose mandate is to produce work that challenges audiences to fully explore common perceptions about social, political, and environmental issues”.TEE supported H&H by donating funds raised from the production of the play Blue/Orange because of our commitment to the physical and mental health of Montreal’s youth.
Blue/ Orange is a provocative, satirical comedy that centers around racial dynamics and mental illness. Anne-Marie, graciously provided H&H with an exclusive interview on third-party fundraising, the ensemble, and its relationship with community organizations.
H&H: How and why was the Third Eye Ensemble created?
TEE: The idea started with Frederick Ward (Founding Father and Chairman Emeritus of TEE) and a few emerging artists who sought to develop as actors, directors, writers, and producers, with the intention of providing a platform for recent graduates of the DOME (Dawson College Theater) to produce independent theater.
TEE was established in 2011 when we introduced ourselves to the community by presenting our inaugural production of The Exonerated, which involved the 13 actors of the ensemble.
The Ensemble’s core has adapted, to the ever-changing careers and lives of its members. We now find ourselves where we are today, with myself and Jaa as Artistic Co-Directors. Throughout this process, our mission statement remains the same:
“To persevere in our artistic service to humanity, never cloud imagination with facts, but to be truthful in our testimony.” – FREDERICK WARD –
H&H: Why did you choose Head & Hands as the recipient of the funds raised by the ensemble?
TEE: I had the privilege of directing our production of Blue/Orange, a play by Joe Penhall, touching on cultural differences and mental illness. In looking for a local organization that could benefit from a portion of our proceeds as well as have a particular interest in the story we were telling, I came across Head & Hands.
It is vital for members of a community to support each other, exchange ideas, and transfer knowledge by stimulating communication and bridging gaps between information and understanding. Communities, in turn, thrive on each other’s discoveries. Humanity then inevitably benefits and grows. As non-profit organizations, both Head & Hands and the Third Eye Ensemble want to see a healthy society in which we empower every individual with the resources required to stay healthy.
H&H: Why did you get involved with Solidarity Through Action?
TEE: The survival of non-profit organizations depends on people who feel compelled to support them. In order to feel compelled, people must first know these organizations exist and for that, organizations must reach out to the public and share why they do what they do, tell people what they believe in.The key to reaching out is to develop contacts outside of immediate partnerships.Those exchanges can create a very supportive network and that’s a great environment for fundraising opportunities.
Head & Hands is extremely grateful to the Third Eye Ensemble for working in solidarity with others, to encourage social change while promoting youth empowerment through engagement.
Solidarity Through Action is a great way to get involved and support Head & Hands’ core programs and services. To find out more about Solidarity Through Action please visit ourwebpage “Run an Event”or contact Victoria, our Funding and Partnerships Coordinator at 514-481-0277 or via e-mail at email@example.com
December is here, reminding us to be thankful for all that we have accomplished throughout the year. As we welcome the new year, celebrating all of the opportunities that lie ahead, why not give your loved ones the gift of making a difference? Give the gift! Show your appreciation for Head & Hands, and for the ones closest to you by participating in the most heartwarming fundraising campaign of the year, it’s perfect for the holidays.
When you donate online through Give the Gift, you’ll receive a package of custom-designed cards, ready to print at home and give to friends and family on behalf of each donation. Give the Gift was made possible thanks to two talented local Head & Hands supporters: web programmer, Danielle Bakhazi, and youth artist, J’VLYN.
Give the gift to everyone to help us meet the growing demand for our medical, social, and legal services! Help us raise funds to provide youth with the opportunity to once again enjoy the Young Parents Program (YPP) summer camp. Need more reasons to “give the gift”? This past year alone, our health services were accessed by over 1,200 youth, close to 6,520 clean injection kits were distributed by our Street Worker, and an estimated 309 people registered for the emergency food pantry. No matter who is on the receiving end, there is nothing more satisfying than the goodness that comes from a donation being made in one’s honour to support youth in our community.
Gifts of all sizes make a difference to Montreal youth:
$15 provides 2 days of healthy food for a young family
$25 funds one counselling session
$50 covers the cost of 5 after-school tutoring sessions
$75 allows us to give one sexual health workshop to a group of youth
$250 puts our Street Worker in the community for 15 hours of outreach, distributing clean needles, crack pipes, and condoms
$500 foots the bill for one week of evening medical clinics
Okay, so we’ve explained why it’s amazing. But how does it WORK?
Simply click this “Give the Gift” link to purchase a greeting card and spread the love!
All gifts of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. If you have any questions, please contact Funding and Partnerships Coordinator at 514-481-0277, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Holidays from the Head & Hands team to all of you.
The Farha Foundation’s 23rd edition of Ça Marche (2015) was held on Sunday, September 27th, at Le Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles, where Head & Hands danced a whole 7km for the 8th year in a row. What a beautiful, sunny day it was! The Head & Hands team was incredibly grateful to have been met by a gorgeous, lively crowd for Ça Marche.
We are so absolutely overwhelmed by the love and support we received throughout the campaign the Ça Marche campaign that expressions like “gee golly” come to mind! We couldn’t have done it without all your wonderful selves.
To the Farha Foundation, our staff, board members, volunteers, dancers, walkers, photographer, videographer, donors, and support system, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You all made this event amazing!
We have currently raised an estimated $26,000 and the money is still coming in until December 1st . We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the total amount raised, and we’re hoping that with your help, we’ll soon be able to celebrate when we reach $30,000. Every donation counts toward supporting our medical clinics, peer sex-ed Sense Project, and all of our crucial youth programming. The number of people who have stepped up to help support our programs and services for Montreal’s youth is simply amazing!
It’s finally that time to put on your dancing shoes and join Head & Hands (H&H) for Ça Marche 2015. Together we will continue the dancing tradition we began back in 2008. You might ask yourself why you should dance for seven kilometers on a Sunday morning. Well, besides the fact that it’s a wonderful occasion to get in shape with this one of the kind intense cardio workout or that it’s a good way to send off the summer and welcome the fall, Ça Marche supports our crucial services, which were accessed almost 30, 000 times last year! Let’s explore some more reasons why you should participate in Ça Marche 2015:
1)Our medical services provide youth between the ages of 12-25 the necessary tools to make informed decisions. This past year, our health services were accessed by over 1200 youth, many of whom come to our clinic because lack of health insurance, financial resources, stigma, or discrimination prevent them from accessing services elsewhere. Our approach is non-judgmental, holistic and confidential — welcoming to each and every one of our clients!
2)When the rights to a life-saving drug like Daraprim, which is mostly used to treat immunodeficiencies such as AIDS, can be bought by one individual who can single-handedly raise its price from $13.50 to $750 a pill, the presence of NGOs and community organizations becomes that much more relevant. Head & Hands, like other community organizations, fills-in the gap. When you think about how the HIV/AIDS pandemic is still affecting an estimated 20,000 Quebecers, it is even more of a reason to take part in the Farha Foundation’s annual HIV/AIDS walk — to not only raise awareness, but to help fund programs that are aimed at HIV prevention and harm-reduction like our health services.
3)This past year, over 300 people registered for the emergency food pantry — a 46% increase from the previous year!! During times of economic uncertainty, the demand for affordable food increases! Our food pantry is unique in Montreal because you don’t have to show ID or proof of address in order to access it, making it accessible to everyone who needs it!
4)The Street Work outreach program is the only one its kind in the bourough of Notre-Dame-De-Grâce (NDG) , and this year we’ve distributed over 6, 000 clean injection kits!
5)Our medical clinic runs Montreal’s only trans* health program for youth that uses an intake process based on informed consent, trusting each individual as the expert on their own experience rather than requiring a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to access hormone therapy.
And of course, there are so many more reasons to support us that we didn’t have room to include!
Please join us on Sunday, September 27, at le Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles for the Farha Foundation’s annual HIV/AIDS walk, Ça Marche 2015.
Thank you for supporting Head & Hands by donating HERE.
While watching our very own Funding and Partnerships Coordinator, Victoria, lead an interview featured on CBC News’s The National where she discussed the importance of sex-ed and our sexual health services, I felt an immense sense of pride to be working for an NGO that really makes a difference in the community. Since the 2005 Secondary School Reform which effectively removed sex education from the school curriculum in Quebec, regular school teachers who don’t always have the expertise necessary to properly educate young people have been providing informal sex-ed classes. It has become abundantly clear that projects such as our peer-based sex-ed program, The Sense Project, now active in 13 schools are more essential than ever. As Victoria puts it, “Training is so important! You would never send an untrained math teacher into a classroom.” This lack of education is perhaps reflected in the Institut National de Santé Publique’s 2013-2014 statistical report on Québec sexual health, which shows that the Chlamydia incidence rate within the 15 to 24 demographic has steadily increased. Nevertheless, sex-ed is not only a matter of educating youth about STDs, issues concerning consent, body image, sexual orientation, cultural sensitivity, quality and gender identity are equally important which is why The Sense Project is so valuable.
While Québec’s provincial government is reviewing its sex-ed policies and deciding on whether to implement its mandatory sex- ed pilot project, programs such as The Sense Project which has developed comprehensive workshops, definitely help fill in the gap.
Every year we raise money for HIV prevention, education, and support services for youth. Ça Marche is more that an annual HIV/AIDS walk; it is vital for the simple fact that funds raised during this time will help finance core programs and services such as the Sense Project!
You can sign up here to join the fundraising team!