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Addictions awareness walk slated Thursday

The public is invited to participate in the second “Mental Health and Addictions Awareness Walk,” which slated to take place here this Thursday (April 15).

“Everyone’s welcome, so please come out,” said Tiffany Clifford, aboriginal alcohol and drug worker with the United Native Friendship Centre, who is organizing the walk with Couchiching Treatment and Support Services.

“The walk is to raise awareness on addiction, to promote healthy living,” Clifford explained.

“We’re hoping to get people out to come and join us,” she added, noting the first “Living the Good Life” (Mino-Bimaadiziiwin) walk they held back in November drew about 55 people.

Scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., this second walk will start at the Couchiching Treatment and Support Services office, with participants walking to the UNFC’s Circle of Life Centre in Fort Frances.

Following the walk, a lunch will be provided at the centre. During this time, there will be a couple of speakers telling stories about dealing with their own addictions, Clifford noted.

Then in the afternoon, the centre will be hosting a “mini-health fair.”

“We’re going to have some local organizations put up some booths, as well as the programs within the United Native Friendship Centre—because we have a lot of programs within the friendship centre­—to let the community at large know exactly what programs are within the friendship centre, as well as organizations throughout the Fort Frances area that deal with addictions and mental health,” Clifford said.

“[People] should come out if they are struggling with any addictions that they want to overcome, or if they have overcome their addictions problems and they would like to celebrate the fact that they have,” she added.

Clifford also encouraged people to come out to learn more about addictions and mental health issues.

Transportation to Couchiching will be available from the Circle of Life Centre on Mowat Avenue prior to the walk from 9:45-10:15 a.m.

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