It was one week ago that we celebrated good healthy living in the Downtown Eastside at the 7th Alley Health Fair on Columbia Street! The team has been reflecting on all the awesome people and organizations who contributed to this amazing day…
Thank you to the DTES Street Market team for set-up / tear down, the VCC Nursing volunteers, AIDS Vancouver volunteers, all of the organizations participating, the local businesses on Columbia Street, the donations from the Food Bank, the cooking and serving from WATARI, the smoothies from the DTES Neighbourhood House, bicycle repairs from Our Community Bikes… on and on! And did you see those amazing hair stylists and massage therapists from Beauty Night?!! Wow. Not to forget the funding from VPL Foundation and City of Vancouver. So grateful.
Even a very unfortunate fire in Chinatown did not deter the event! Although, a bit strange to have poor air quality at a health fair… At least the wind was in our favour!
We’ve had some excellent feedback both from guests (due to the feedback table hosted by the UBC Learning Centre) and from organizations attending. It sounds like Columbia Street was appreciated as a site, so this is good to know.
Keep on checking out the blog, as we are anticipating a video and photographs from AHA Media soon!
The big day is tomorrow, so please spread the word in your community to head on down to Columbia street (between Hastings & Pender) for good food, health services, and so much more!
We are also very grateful to have First Nations Elder, Eugene Harry offer a Welcome address and blessing on our day, starting at 11am.
It sounds like the DTES Neighbourhood House is looking for some energetic folks to bicycle blend some smoothies next Tuesday at the Alley Health Fair. Swing on by their tent at the Pender end of Columbia street. Yummmm!
It sounds like the weather is warming up! Fingers crossed for a fine day next Tuesday April 21st… this is Vancouver after all!
There may be some adjustments in the line-up, as our wheelchair repair folks are unable to come last minute, but still a full house featuring a great variety of health service providers. See you there!
A big “thank you” to Poke Community Acupuncture, who have donated two free sessions for some lucky guests at the Alley Health Fair. While they could not attend the event, these prizes were a really kind gesture. So, if guests head to the UBC Learning Exchange table, and offer some feedback, they will be entered into the draw!
With less than 2 weeks away from the event, we have finalized our list of service providers! Many of them will be featured on our new Facebook page, so please follow along.
Thank you to everyone who filled in an application form well in advance, as it really helps with our planning. And to those groups who missed this year, we will aim to post the 2016 Application Form early in January of next year.