World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
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Country: United Kingdom
Edinburgh’s Grassmarket became a Scottish focal point as it joined thousands of events across the globe to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July. Voluntary sector health organisations from across the Scottish capital worked together in an afternoon of fun and support for those affected by viral hepatitis, raising awareness and disseminating information on local services and how to get tested and treated. Organised by The Hepatitis C Trust in collaboration with Hepatitis Scotland, Waverley Care, HIV Scotland, Addaction and with support from the Scottish Government and NHS Lothian, the public event aimed to unite service-users and service organisations and members of the public and aimed to communicate: During the afternoon’s ‘Big High Tea’ event, members of the public were invited to participate in a ‘Joyworks’ Laughter Workshop, underlining how laughter can release feel-good endorphins. The event was attended by the Alliance’s President who also wrote a piece for The Scotsman newspaper.
On July 28th a 5-a-side football tournament was organised in Glasgow to celebrate World Hepatitis Day. It was a great success and had a fantastic turnout, with Phoenix Futures coming out on top. Some were there to play and to support their team along with family, friends and partners. Medals and trophies were presented by Moira Washington, C-Level group manager who reminded everyone why they were there – to work together to raise awareness of hepatitis C. During the games individuals spoke about their treatment and how they were feeling. A moment of silence was held on the pitch to honour those affected by hepatitis B or C worldwide. Additionally, a special fundraising page was created for the event and Robertson Trust agreed to triple the amount raised bringing a grand total of £4800 to C-level.
Many other awareness raising events were held in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Aberdeen, Inverclyde, Hamilton and Airdrie with stands and information stalls, testing and other initiatives.