Purple awareness ribbons placed in public spaces in Brandon this month are drawing attention to and supporting conversation in the community on the serious topic of overdose awareness.
The ribbons, which are presently seen on the city’s Daly Overpass bridge as well as Dinsdale Park, are an initiative through Overdose Awareness Manitoba as well as Brandon and Area Overdose Awareness as part of International Overdose Awareness Month throughout August. In many cases ribbons are accompanied by posters also in memory of lives lost in the community to overdose poisoning or a substance-related harm.
Throughout the month, those in Western Manitoba have the opportunity to show their support via an ongoing fundraiser. Scoops of Love sees portion of proceeds of sales of purple (and in some cases black cherry) ice cream at participating restaurants donated to Samaritan House Ministries. Those restaurants include Tastees, Twisters, Jiffy Food Mart, Forbidden Flavours 18th St and Velvet Dip in Brandon as well as CJ’s in Rivers, Lickity Splits in Gladstone, 83nMain in Birtle and Clear Lake’s The Lakehouse.
The month concludes with Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, which locally will see Westman Families of Addicts conducting an afternoon event at Brandon’s Princess Park.
More on the campaign locally and the effort to end the stigma associated with substance abuse can be learned via Brandon and Area Overdose Awareness’ Facebook page at: