An event, Oldham’s annual Health Awareness Day (HAD), that was planned as a one off, proved such a huge success that it ended up being held for its 7th year running in Oldham….reports Asian Lite News
Oldham’s annual Health Awareness Day (HAD) was organised by the volunteers from Sathya Sai International Organisation in partnership with Oldham Council, Positive Steps and NHS.
Oldham library became the central focal point for the people of Oldham where they could walk in and have their health checks carried out by professional within minutes all at free of charge.
The event was officially inaugurated by the Mayor of Oldham Councillor Shadab Qumer in presence of the Director of Public Health Mr Alan Higgins, Cabinet Member Councillor Eddie Moores and many other officials. Whilst declaring the event open, the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Qumer said he was very impressed to see so many voluntary and charity organisations coming together offering Oldhamers such unique free services under one roof. He thanked the Sathya Sai International Organisation for initiating this programme in Oldham and praised the wonderful charity worked carried out by this organisation.
He said simple teachings of Late Sri Sathya Sai Baba like – “Hands that help are holier than lips that pray,” is a very important message for the world. The Sai organisation is a credit to us all and the work they are doing. The Mayor expressed his thanks to everyone.
There were large number of stalls exhibiting health related information for the visitors, from Hands on Heart, Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation, Wheel of Yoga, Mind and many more voluntary and charity organisation. Visitors were also offered some tester complementary health services too, that included body massage, pressure points etc.
The day was full of lots of fun activities including family first aid workshops, arts & craft for children, and performance of “The Tale of The Lost Tooth”.
The aim of this event was to help detect and raise awareness of common health conditions. Participants were provided with information as to their own health and some were referred on to sources of further help. All healthcare professionals and helpers were volunteers rendering selfless service for the local community. The event was FREE for all to attend.