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Honor Those Lost, Fight for Change on Overdose Awareness Day
 
Saturday, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, and there will be two major events in WNC offering opportunities to honor those we have lost to overdose and advocate for solutions to the substance use epidemic.
 
Asheville
 
 
The first Overdose Awareness event, “A Day of Healing through Hope and Harm Reduction”, will take place from 2pm-9pm in Carrier Park - 220 Amboy Road, in West Asheville. The event will be presented by Seek Healing, Harmonia, Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness, and Buncombe County Health and Human Services.
 
The Asheville event will feature a free community meal, a grief sanctuary space, naloxone training, art and local musicians, a speakers panel, and a candlelight vigil.
 
 
WNCAP will have a table for the full event and will be providing free and fast HIV testing from 2pm-5pm. A WNCAP representative will also speak briefly during the speakers' series about the life-saving benefits of harm reduction and overdose reversal.
 
Between now and August 31, WNCAP will place a display in our Asheville syringe exchange for individuals to submit names of those who have passed away from overdose. Several such displays are already placed in various locations around town. Those names will be read aloud at the event.
 
If you would like to volunteer to table at the Asheville Overdose Awareness event, please contact Chris at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 315.
 
 
Franklin
 
 
The second Overdose Awareness event is the 6th Annual "Night of Hope", which will also take place on Saturday, August 31 at 6pm. It will take place at the large recreation park pavilion by the pool and tennis courts – 365 Allman Drive in Franklin, NC.
 
The Night of Hope is a chance for the community to come together to celebrate the lives of those in recovery, pray for those who are struggling, and remember loved ones lost from addiction and overdose.
 
The event will feature a free meal with refreshments, free t-shirts, a memorial ceremony and testimonies, as well as free overdose reversal kits with naloxone. For more information, please contact Stephanie Almeida at (828) 349-0036.
 
The Night of Hope is sponsored by the Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition, including Full Circle Recovery Center, Families for Sensible Drug Policy, the Macon County Department of Public Health, and WNCAP.
 
 Cheers to HIV Prevention & Care!
UpCountry "Pint Nights" every THURSDAY in September
 
CORRECTION: In the last e-newsletter, we incorrectly said that Pint Nights would take place on Fridays in September. This is wrong. UpCountry Pint Nights will take place every THURSDAY in September. We apologize for the confusion. But we are glad that you now have an excuse to go out drinking on a weeknight!
 
Every month, UpCountry Brewing selects a local non profit to be the beneficiary of its "Pint Nights". Every Friday of that month, UpCountry debuts a special pint glass decorated with a unique design that reflects that non profit.
 
Graphic designer and WNCAP Board Member David Guinn, co-owner of the Design One firm in Asheville, designed four unique pint glasses that communicate different aspects of WNCAP's mission.
 
Here at WNCAP, we are incredibly lucky to have a rock star graphic designer on our Board of Directors! David Guinn, who co-owns the Design One firm in Asheville, generously donated his skills to design four phenomenal WNCAP pint glasses. Each one speaks to a different facet of WNCAP's HIV Prevention & Care mission.
 
Want to know what the WNCAP pint glasses look like? Well, you'll have to go to UpCountry Brewing during the month of September to find out...
 
 
Sales of the pint glasses, as well as proceeds from particular brews, will be donated directly to WNCAP. It's a fantastic way of raising money, increasing visibility, engaging the community, and having a great time all at once.
 
 
Stop by UpCountry for a few brews, and pick up the commemorative WNCAP pint glass - each week, a new design will debut, so be sure to collect them all! 
Movie Night
WNCAP to Present Documentary "5B" at Grail Moviehouse
 
Between Friday, September 27 and Thursday, October 3, WNCAP and the Grail Moviehouse will present 5B, a documentary about activist nurses in the first-ever AIDS ward in San Francisco.
 
This inspiring film demonstrates the power of ordinary people to display extraordinary compassion in the midst of intense stigma and fear. A portion of all proceeds will benefit WNCAP.
 
Tickets will be available online soon at the Grail website. Check back often; as soon as they are available, WNCAP will post about it on social media and send out an email.
 
 
On Wednesday, October 2, there will be a special screening at 7pm that will raise even more resources for WNCAP and feature a panel discussion afterwards. 


For more information about WNCAP's screening of 5B, please contact Michael at mpoandl@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 313.
Like A Prayer
National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is August 27
Faith plays a major role in the lives of many Americans. Many find faith to be a connection to a spiritual being, and a way to connect with a community. Unfortunately, for many Americans living with HIV, faith communities can turn from a place of refuge to a source of stigma and turmoil. 
 
The goal of National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is on Tuesday, August 27, is to rally all faith communities, representative of the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu and Baha’i faiths, to take a stand against stigma in their congregations and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
 
Labor of Love
WNCAP Offices will be Closed on September 2
 
WNCAP offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 in honor of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, September 3 at 9am.


If you have an urgent need to connect with WNCAP, email info@wncap.org or message us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Happy Labor Day!
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