Thursday, May 28 was quite a day for the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we experienced an overwhelming show of support for Whitehorse Connects at the Old Fire Hall where our community came together to offer a wonderful day of free services, music and food to over 250 people in need.
The number of people accessing these services was quite remarkable: 43 people received free haircuts at Hair Sensations; 10 people visited a Physio Plus physiotherapist; GBK Photography took 68 portraits, 63 people had their blood pressure tested by Yukon Home Care, 16 people received foot care from Whitehorse Health Centre nurses and 10 people visited the KDFN nurse for first aid and/or immunizations. Hospice Yukon, Many Rivers Counselling, and Mental Health Services had approximately 20 visitors each.
A special thank you to the musicians who gave their time and talent to create such a warm and welcoming atmosphere: Steve Slade, Gary Lachance, Fraser Canyon, Sarah MacDougall and Kim Rogers.
The Grey Mountain Lions barbecued for over two hours, and the F.H. Collins social justice students were wonderful at staffing the clothing and food areas. Visits from Mayor Dan Curtis and Chief Doris Bill along with assistance from community members setting up and taking down the room are so appreciated. Thanks also to those who donated high quality men’s and women’s clothing.
In the evening we held a fundraiser at the Wheelhouse. In the space of half an hour, $5,000 was raised for our work. Many, many thanks to those who generously participated and those who invited their friends to donate! And a big thanks to John Streicker who helped orchestrate the event and Carl Schulze for providing music.
Our next Connects Day is October 15. If you or your business are interested in supporting Whitehorse Connects please call Kim at 335-1428. And if you missed our fundraiser and would like to make a financial donation, please contact Kristina at 334-9317.
Bill Thomas, Charlotte Hrenchuk, Colette Acheson, Kim Winnicky, Kristina Craig
Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition