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Activity: Overdose Awareness Day Vigil (Region of Waterloo)
Date: 31/08/2021
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Victoria Park Clock Tower, Kitchener, ON, N2G 1J2
Public/Private: Public
Individual/Organisation: Individual
Name of Organisation:
Contact: Jesse Burt
Phone: 519-465-3994
Email: OverdoseAwarenessWR@gmail.com

A two part event will be taking place at Victoria Park Clock Tower. A group of community members will be hosting a drop-in from 11:00am – 6:30pm. The drop-in will be for; public education, creating a space for the community to come together to learn from different experiences and perspectives. To help bridge the larger community’s understanding of substance use, stigma and structural issues. It will consist of a visual reminder of the 370+ unique individuals who have passed away since 2017 in Waterloo Region. As well as a self guided education tour of this health crisis, including Naloxone distribution and training, support circles, music and art.

The day will end with a Vigil at 6:30pm – 8pm for those community members who are impacted by this health crisis. There will be speeches, stories, poems, and songs shared by those who are living this reality every day. Pizza (limited) and drinks will be available for our folks.

We believe in solidarity, we ask others who have been directly or indirectly impacted to come together to mourn, support, and learn what can be done to end any further preventable deaths. We invite you to come join in conversations on how we can shift the dialogue and the responsibility in this crisis by asking for change at all levels of government, including our Region. To do this, we are asking everyone to show up as individuals, not representing a job or organization but as humans who care. No organization is running this event, just affected community members. Everyone is invited, everyone is welcome. Please help spread the word.

On the Day:
1) Follow Covid-19 safety measures; practice social distancing, wear a mask
2) Wear purple or black (or your Supportive Shirts)
3) There is limited parking but there is nearby street parking on (Roland St, Schneider St, David St and Dill St)

If you would like to get involved, volunteer, support the event or have questions please email OverdoseAwarenessWR@gmail.com