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Jun 29

Supporting Overdose Awareness Day

Hello League Members,

The following is some information on an event being held at the Civic Centre in Leduc. It was being held by a committee formed by Jessica Farmer (wife of LOBHL member KJ Farmer) , her sister Jody, and Mother Joyce along with their family and volunteers from the community. They are currently in need of donations to help fund this event and future endeavors of this group. Their goal to cover this event is $5000.00.
 
Any help from the Leduc Old Blades to bring awareness and hopefully support to this project would be greatly appreciated.
 

We will marking International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday, August 24, 2018 at           Alexandra Park, #1 Alexandra Park in Leduc, AB and are hoping you would participate in this event with sponsorship support to assist with offsetting the costs to host the event for our community.
 
August has been designated for Overdose Awareness, with August 31stidentified as the international Overdose Awareness Day. This day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001.
 
Thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost. The event is organised on the understanding that no-one need feel shame or disgrace over a drug overdose.
 
Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the community understand that fatal overdose is an issue that affects mainstream society.
 
The day also serves as a warning that not only illicit drugs are dangerous and no-one is immune to overdose.
 
With the number of fatalities from prescription drugs growing, International Overdose Awareness is also a chance to see that medicines are not always our friends. Painkillers and other pharmacy drugs play an important medical role but their careless use can have tragic long-term consequences. 
 
 “We Fight for Those We Love and Lost”
 
As the Opioid epidemic continues to impact communities across Canada, in Alberta and our community, Leduc. We invite families, friends and the public to join us for a day of Remembrance for those lives lost. 

Our event will be an evening of public awareness and education to help reduce the stigma of those who struggle with this health challenge. It will also be an opportunity to gather for a continued call for action to address this crisis and a meaningful Vigil to honor and remember loved ones that we have lost. The outline of events for this day include:
 
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm             
Education and Awareness                                                                                
Free Naloxone Training & Kit Distribution
A Memorial Activity  
Candlelight Memorial Vigil
Light Tribute
 
For more information visit the website at www.overdoseday.com and offer your support by messaging us at www.facebook.com/timetoactleduc.
 
Regards,
 
Jessica Farmer
780-293-0789