With the cooler weather upon us, many are in need of warm clothing and basic necessities this holiday season. Organization Cannabis For Harm Reduction has announced they’re joining forces for their first-ever collaboration with the Dr. Peter Centre, which is renowned as one the world’s most recognized care facilities for HIV/AIDS, to help make a difference this year.
Through the effort, CFHR and the Dr. Peter Centre will supply those living with HIV/AIDS, mental health issues and substance use issues with warm clothing and holiday gifts. They’re looking to those in the cannabis industry for support with donations, especially companies with branded merchandise that can include scarves, gloves, socks, slippers, sweatshirts, tops, bags or more.
Cannabis For Harm Reduction was founded by a group of female cannabis entrepreneurs — including Christina Michael, CEO of FCE Group Ltd., The Entourage Collective and The Stolbie Sisters, as well as Jessica Moran, who founded JESSCO — to create social change.
“Cannabis For Harm Reduction operates with four key pillars in mind: Inclusion, Collaboration, Education, and Community, we are proud to bring our mission to life through our collaboration with the Dr. Peter Centre,” Christina said in a statement.
The Dr. Peter Centre, founded in 1997, offers stigma-free care to those living with HIV/AIDS through a 24-hour licensed care residence, housing, health programs and more. While the number of those living with HIV/AIDS has dramatically declined in recent years, over 7,000 British Columbians are estimated to be affected today.
“I am thankful to be able to work with the Dr. Peter Centre,” Christina added.
“This is our inaugural campaign inviting the Cannabis Industry to keep our community warm and put a smile on faces over the holiday season. I am committed to helping those in need and I am beyond grateful to the Cannabis Industry Nationwide for their support, and applaud our generosity of spirit,” she also said.
The Dr. Peter Centre is named for the late Dr. Peter Jepsen-Young, who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. Remembered by audiences as the host of CBC’s Dr. Peter Diaries segment, he raised awareness about HIV and AIDS by sharing his own experiences. He sadly died in 1992. In addition to the work the Dr. Peter Centre does, it was also the first North American health care facility to integrate supervised injections into its programming.
“We’re grateful that CFHR chose the Dr. Peter Centre as their charity of choice for their inaugural initiative,” Scott Elliot, Executive Director of the Dr. Peter Centre, said in a statement.
“During this challenging time, their support and generosity ensures our residents and participants have access to basic needs like warm clothes, an essential part of harm reduction,” he also said.
If you are interested in donating to this important cause please contact Christina Michael at [email protected]. If you would like to donate directly to the Dr. Peter Centre, visit www.drpeter.org to access an online portal. If you prefer, donations are always welcome via the Dr. Peter Centre online portal (refer to Cannabis For Harm Reduction).