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Memorial near Willingdon Beach a place to remember loved ones

International Overdose Awareness Day gathering in qathet region a stark reminder of ongoing drug poisonings

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

Folks are invited to gather at a special tree and bench, from 6 pm to 9 pm, on Thursday, overlooking the water at Willingdon beach, at the south entrance; across from the Chopping Block, according to the qathet area Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH) group.

The bench and tree are dedicated to loved ones lost to overdose/poisoning and also to people who are still living with addiction.

Moms Stop the Harm member, Maureen Christensen said in an email:

“The idea is to write something on a piece of ribbon [provided], like a prayer to the departed person, or a wish for a safer supply of drugs in Canada. Prayers and wishes are strong forces that are often overlooked in a complex problem, but they can help heal grief and motivate us towards a better tomorrow.” 

The ribbons will be tied to the bench for a week as a symbol of the ongoing crisis in the qathet region and across BC. 

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