Thousands of people flocked to the Sydney Local Health District stall at Fair Day, with the rainbow frisbees and free fruit proving popular with the young and the young at heart.
Fair Day marks the beginning of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and is a family-friendly carnival of live music, dancing, food and fun at Camperdown’s Victoria Park.
Fair Day is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about key health messages affecting LGBTQI communities and their families.
It’s also a platform to showcase our various services and clinics and to engage consumers who can be hard to reach, such as teenagers and young adults.
Our stall was one of the busiest, brightest and most colourful, and an incredibly diverse range of people visited us.
Our volunteers handed out more than 20,000 resources, including rainbow Frisbees and badges, Go4Fun handballs, toothbrushes and toothpaste and portion plates and cups.
Harris Farm provided 5,000 pieces of imperfect picks – plums, bananas, apples and pears – which proved especially popular with children and their mums, dads and carers.
For the first time, the BreastScreen van came to Fair Day and 20 women had a mammogram while another three booked future appointments. Research shows gay women access health services less frequently than members of the general community, including screen programs. The BreastScreen van was a perfect opportunity to raise screening awareness and engagement among LGBTIQ communities.
Happy Mardi Gras!