Health fair focuses on cancer

EVERYONE IS invited to the second annual free Diversity Health Fair, the theme of which is Cancer Prevention and Early Detection.

EVERYONE IS invited to Terrace’s second annual free Diversity Health Fair, the theme of which is Cancer Prevention and Early Detection, tonight and tomorrow at the sportsplex.

“We are expecting nearly 30 exhibitors from Northern Health screening, to cancer prevention information, massages, jumping castle for the kids, exercise demos and more.  We are pleased to offer more in a bigger venue,” says Sasa Loggin from Skeena Diversity, which is hosting the event.

The event opens tonight, Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Sportsplex, with presentations by the Canadian Cancer Society and Inspire Health, which just opened in Terrace.

The evening will also include musical presentations by Paul Marko, Ewald Arndt and 13-year-old Maggie Ottenbreit, who will perform a song called Beaten.

Maggie wrote the music and lyrics herself to honour her grandmother in New Brunswick who battled with cancer for a number of years.

The event continues Saturday April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the sportsplex.

That day’s exercise demonstrations include Belly Dancing with Krystyna Piper from noon – 12:30 p.m., Filipino Dance and Martial Arts with Rachel and OJ from 12:45 – 1:15 p.m., Taekwon-do with Cody Skog from 1:30 – 2 p.m., Bhangra Club with Inder from 2:15 – 2:45 p.m., Tai chi with Peter Dickson from 3 – 3:30 p.m. and Fitness with Sue Springer at 3:30 – 4 p.m.

The Diversity Health Fair is primarily designed to connect immigrants and newcomers with local health services but the event is open to everyone.

Interpreters of Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, French, Czech, Dutch, Punjabi and possibly other languages will be on hand to help visitors. Everyone is advised to spend a couple hours at the fair to take it all in.

The fair is organized by Skeena Diversity Society thanks to a grant from AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC) of funding from the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia as well as support from numerous volunteers, City of Terrace,  Aqua Clear, Kermode Friendship Society, TDCSS, and many others.