September is Ça Marche month on the blog! Let’s come together for the Farha Foundation’s walk on September 29th, and raise money for our HIV prevention, education, and support services for youth. Join our team, make a donation, or come out and shake your thang to help us raise $25,000 for a great cause!
Ok, so we’ve been telling you we want you to get involved in Ça Marche for weeks now, and maybe your’re like: “Gimme one Reason!” Well, we’ll do even better. We’ll give you ten.
1. Head & Hands services were accessed by youth more than 21,000 times last year. Your contribution could allow us to make this number even higher.
2. The Head & Hands Street Work team would provide NDG’s only in-the-streets risk reduction services, reaching those youth at the highest risk of contracting blood borne illness, such as youth using injection drugs.
3. In just four months, our last Street Work team reached 1,195 youth in NDG. They distributed 6,783 condoms, 360 safer injection kits and 64 safer inhalation kits. Imagine the impact this program would have if it were back for good!
4. The Sense Project provided holistic sex-ed to 800 youth last year. When youth speak to each other, knowledge spreads and they can feel comfortable asking questions and sharing stories together in a supportive environment.
5. In a 2011-2012 survey, 97% of participants found the Sense workshops interesting, with 96% believing that the information was useful in their own lives.
6. Our two weekly medical clinics are always at capacity. The clinic received 758 visits and turned away 212 youth in the last year alone, a testament to their importance and impact!
7. Head & Hands is the only clinic in Québec that does not require a psychiatric evaluation to initiate hormone treatment, and one of two clinics in Montréal that see patients without status.
8. We know that there are many layers to offering help and we work together to provide these under one roof. If someone comes in for a counselling session, we can also help with a legal issue, our food pantry, tutoring, or a referral to our young parents program or youth drop-in centre. The combinations of services are endless!
9. We meet youth where they are at and with a risk-reductive approach. We provide a judgement-free environment that allows for safer and educated choices. This means that youth who wouldn’t feel comfortable going elsewhere come to us!
10. We’re dancing for 7km! Rain or shine! Who could resist sponsoring this kind of glittery magic?
Convinced? We thought so.
For more info, please check out our Facebook event or contact Fundraising and Development Coordinator Juniper or Special Events and Fundraising Assistant Jennifer at 514-481-0277!