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Thursday, 09 November 2017 06:24

In honor of Addictions Awareness Week: Flags of Hope will fly

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The Medicine Hat Drug Coalition Presents Flags of Hope: A memorial to those Lost to an Overdose. It will take place Thursday, November 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Medicine Hat College Crowfoot Room F160.

Supplies will be available to make your own flags in memory of your loved one. Naloxone training will be available. Refreshments and snacks to be served 
To learn more about Flags-of Hope; visit/ 
This project draws from the Tibetan tradition of making prayer flags:
"The Tibetan word for prayer flag is Dar Cho. “Dar” means to increase life, fortune, health and wealth. “Cho” means all sentient beings. Prayer flags are simple devices that, coupled with the natural energy of the wind, quietly harmonize the environment, impartially increasing happiness and good fortune among all living beings." (Clarke)
These flags have been used to create harmony with all of the elements, as well as harmony within our physical selves and our environment. Strings of flags can be placed around the home or work, to invoke harmonious energy and the teachings of enlightenment.
When they are placed outdoors, their energy is spread to others by movement of the wind. They can be strung between two trees, houses, or columns, and the higher they fly the further their energy will reach.
By creating these flags in Canada, we are sending Love and Light to those who have passed due to substance use disorder, and to those who are still struggling. We want to raise awareness, and to strengthen the hope that there will be an end to the current overdose crisis.
Eventually the flags will find an outdoor home where our prayers for creating a better, more just world for all those suffering from substance use disorder will be carried off with the winds.
For more information, please contact Justin Boodhoo at 403-529-3581.

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