Every year, COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program staff and service users join forces to clean up our South Riverdale neighbourhood. Earth Day (April 22) celebrations have usually been one of key times that we get together to do this work.
Teams of 5 head out, checking green spaces, alleyways and parks, and fill up bags of garbage. We are always looking for used harm reduction equipment – although we rarely find any! This is likely due to the hard work of staff who do daily needle patrols all year long.
Community Cleanups not only make our neighbourhoods safer and cleaner, but they also give us an opportunity to meet our neighbours in the sunshine, promoting the work and values of our program and SRCHC.