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Ça Marche Reaches for the Moon and Falls Amongst some Superstars

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Well, folks, we did it! Not only have we reached our $25,000 goal for Ça Marche, but we surpassed it! You have all helped us raise just over $26,000 for our health services! We thank you all so much for supporting our Sense Project, medical clinics, and Street Work program as well as joining us for a super fun day. If you weren’t able to participate this year or are in withdrawal of Ça Marche sparkle magic, enjoy this video as it will hopefully tide you over until next year. We can’t wait! Much love.

Ca Marche: THANK YOU DANCE!

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HEAD & HANDS SENDS YOU LOVING DANCE MOVES AND THANKS AND SPARKLES AND ONE MASSIVE YAHOOOOOOOO!

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WOW! We wish there was a word that meant thank you times a million because we are so filled with gratitude and love for all of you for contributing to the great success of this year’s Ça Marche! Thank you to the Farha Foundation, our staff, board members, volunteers, dancers, walkers, donors, and support system for making 2013 a record-breaking year for this incredible event!

At this point, $23,000 has been raised and money is still coming in! We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the total amount but we have a tickling feeling that we’ll be celebrating a $25,000 result very soon! We’ve been overwhelmed (in the bestest way) with the amount of people who wanted to help support health services for youth! Every donation counts toward supporting our medical clinics, peer sex-ed Sense Project, and the re-launch of our Street Work program. You have all helped us celebrate Montreal’s youth and the lives of all those affected in some way by HIV/AIDS.

This past Sunday’s weather was nothing short of perfect with the sun shining brightly which allowed for some seriously hot spandex and incredible outfits. Our team dressed up to the nines and strutted their sexy selves to DJ Nothing Beats a BJ and Claire’s amazing dance choreography.

It was a total blast of a day and we can’t wait until next year. Stay tuned via our Facebook for photos from Angie and video footage from Jess & Carol!

Ça Marche: You’re Invited!

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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!  

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We’re so close to one of our favourite days of the year! Ça Marche 2013 takes place THIS Sunday, September 29th and we would love to see you there!

Who: Head & Hands, The Farha Foundation & YOU!

What: A 7km HIV/AIDS walk (which we DANCE) that supports health services for youth and for people who are affected by or living with HIV. Head & Hands is raising funds for our medical clinics, street work program, and the Sense Project, our peer-based sex-ed program.

Where: Parc Émilie-Gamelin (Ste-Catherine Est & St-Hubert)

When: We gather to learn the choreography, celebrate, have some warm drinks and a bite to eat on Sunday, Sept. 29th at 9am and begin the parade at 10am.

Why: We participate because we know how important health services are to youth and we dance because we believe in celebrating the lives of those living with HIV, the lives of those we have lost, and the joys of working with youth. It is also a really fun day where everyone can be their unique perfect selves and we can join forces with other organizations around Montreal that believe in similar causes and share the love alongside us.

How: Join our team, donate, or come with whoever else you’d like and dance or walk with us!! You don’t need to donate to celebrate the day with us. The more, the merrier!

RSVP: “Attend” our Facebook event, contact us, or just show up on Sunday morning!

Notes: Costumes, sparkles, and spandex are not mandatory, but super-fun to have. Dress however you like and bring your pizzazz!

For more info, contact Fundraising and Development Coordinator Juniper or Special Events and Fundraising Assistant Jennifer at 514-481-0277! 

This DEFINITELY wasn’t planned…

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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! 

WHAT?!? We can’t believe it. A video of four dancers strutting their stuff for Ça Marche has been captured and LEAKED! Check it out and share with your friends before it gets taken offline! It’s the wildest  video we’ve ever seen! HOW DID THEIR BODIES MOVE LIKE THAT?! It’s genius. Better yet, let’s all watch this video and practice the moves and then show up at Ça Marche on Sept. 29th and show them that we know what they are capable of!!!  They. Can’t. Be. Stopped!

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! 

10 Fabulous Reasons to Donate to Ça Marche!

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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!

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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!

Ça Marche: What we’re dancing for!

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On Sunday September 29th, Head & Hands supporters, staff, and board, will take to the streets as part of Ça Marche 2013, the Farha Foundation’s annual HIV/AIDS walk.

We’re trying to raise a record $25,000 this year, so we thought we’d better take a moment to shine the spotlight on the services you’ll be supporting by contributing to Ça Marche!

Your donation will support two current core services, neither of which receives any designated funding:

Our twice-weekly weekly medical clinics: accessible and welcoming to youth regardless of income, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status. It’s the only community-based youth-clinic in Montreal, and our health services were accessed almost 2,000 times last year!

The Sense Project: peer-based sex-ed program that reached nearly 800 youth last year. Sense offers a series of three holistic workshops covering topics including STIs, contraception, consent, gender identity, sexual orientation and more!

You will also help us bring Street Work services back NDG in their full capacity after a major funding cut:

Street Work supports NDG’s most marginalized youth with in-the-streets risk reduction. The only program of its kind in NDG, street workers offer HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, crisis intervention and active listening, accompaniments, support navigating social services, educational workshops, clean gear, and condoms.

Agree this is worth dancing for? Join our team, create your profile, and start fundraising! We can’t wait to see you there.

Ca Marche 2013! Bigger and Bolder than ever!

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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!

Every September, the Head & Hands community joins together, in an intricate dance,

Because we believe that youth deserve health services that are welcoming and inclusive,

No matter who they sleep with, what they look like, how they like to party,
or where they come from.

 

And now, for a taste of what we’ll be serving up at Ca Marche 2013 check out this teaser vid, by Carol Fernandes and Jess Lee!

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!

Why I commit: Kate and Corey

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Kate and Corey!

Kate and Corey!

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to support the amazing work that goes on at Head & Hands – especially in a political context where services for marginalized communities are subject to increasing surveillance and funding cuts. We are totally on board with the youth-centred, non-judgmental approach, and the focus on fostering collective spaces where communities can share resources and learn from each other.” – Kate and Corey

Welcome to our first ever monthly donor couple profile, with the lovely Kate and Corey!

Monthlies since 2010, Kate and Corey got involved at Head & Hands through friends, with Kate dancing on our team in Ça Marche and volunteering at Serve. In addition to being cat-lovers and having “that new Daft Punk song in their heads” both Kate and Corey have busy professional lives; Kate teaches sociology at Vanier College and is working on her post-doc through U of T, while Corey is a McGill PhD student and avid hackathon participant.

We are so glad to have this dynamic duo on board after all these years, and to finally get a chance to shine a spotlight on them!

Name: Kate Cairns and Corey Chivers

Monthlies since: 2010

As a teenager we were: Kate: a massive Weezer fan.  Corey: preppy.

Is there a particular Head & Hands program that you are passionate about?

All of them! But as folks who are particularly concerned with the potential (and limitations) of education, the Sense Project is definitely something we’re passionate about supporting. The access to health and legal services are also crucial, as well as the Young Parents Program. So ya, all of them.

My fave book, zine, magazine, blog:

Corey: Hackernews, Brain Pickings

Kate: Rabble, The Dominion, Racialicious, Twist Collective

Top three things you’d want to have with you on a desert island:

Can we say each other? Plus Corey requests a pencil and paper and Kate requests a pair of cats that can breed an endless supply of kittens.

On a lazy afternoon I:

Corey: nerd out on my latest hacker challenge.

Kate: Snuggle with my cats, knit and watch bad television (preferably involving musical numbers).

Celebrity crush:

We definitely both have a crush on Justin Timberlake. (Unoriginal, perhaps, but true.)

Want to be like Kate and Corey and become a monthly donor? Visit our Monthly giving page, or give Juniper a call at 514-481-0277!

Ça Marche 2012: The Movie

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In classic Head & Hands fashion, we present our annual Ça Marche dance video for your viewing pleasure!

If you helped us reach our Ça Marche goal this year by giving your time, money, or your moves…well, this one’s for you!

Special thanks to Carol Fernandes and Jess Lee, the super-star volunteers who filmed and edited and made this video as glorious as it is! And to our dancers…we couldn’t do it without you!

Dancing to glory! 2012 Ça Marche campaign raises more than ever!

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Groups of passionate people can achieve great things, so when we called on our community to help us raise $15 000 for our youth health services and sex education program as part of Ça Marche this year, we felt like we would give it our best shot.

But when all was said and done this Sunday, we were floored by the amazingness of our community. The results of this year’s Ça Marche campaign were astounding:

  • More than $20,300 raised for our youth health services and peer-based health education project
  • 46 people fundraised on behalf of Head & Hands
  • 368 community members donated to our cause
  • And one amazing troupe danced 7km in fierce glory to celebrate the joys of HIV care, prevention, and education with youth!

This year, more than ever, Ça Marche reminded us that we are nestled in a supportive and strong community that will ensure that Montreal youth have access to the health care and information that they need. We are especially grateful to our top fundraiser Ren who raised over $1,500; to Gregory, a new Sense animator who brought in a whopping 26 donors; and Tanya, who dressed in a cat suit to inspire her community to give. These star fundraisers will be rewarded with the Diner’s Delight top prize, cheffed by our haute-cuisine inspired fundraising team.

Big ups to all of our fundraisers, our dancers, walkers and banner carriers, choreographer Claire Lyke of Studio des Bêtes Dansantes, DJs Tamika and Nino Brown, photographer Chase Moser, videographers Carol Fernandes and Jess Lee, and of course to the Farha Foundation, who continues to lead the fight against HIV and AIDs in Quebec.

We can’t wait ‘til next year!