Advocacy & Activism, Health & Safety

Day of the Farmworker to Fete Ag Workers Saturday

From YumaSun.com, Mara Knaub, Sun Staff Writer, 1 Dec 2011.

The community’s agricultural workers will be feted during Saturday’s Day of the Farmworker health and information fair from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Friendship Park in San Luis, Ariz.

In collaboration with 50 organizations, mostly nonprofits, Campesinos Sin Fronteras will recognize the hard work performed by fieldworkers.

The event will include a variety of free health screenings, educational materials on health, entertainment, raffles, gifts and prizes, and a breakfast of menudo, coffee, bread and fruit.

Organizers expect more than 5,000 farmworkers and their families will take advantage of the free health services to be offered, including testing of blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, HIV and body mass index.

Yuma Regional Medical Center will offer osteoporosis testing while Walgreens and Sunset Community Clinic will donate 900 flu shots for people older than 7 years.

The Consulate of Mexico in Yuma will give lunch bags and shirts to people to get the flu shot.
The consulate will have information about the consular services available to agricultural workers such as legal assistance, transfer of remains, care of detainees and prisoners, Mexican passport procedures and others.

The consul, Miguel Escobar, on behalf of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, will present a $1000 check to Campesinos Sin Fronteras in support of the “Harvesting Success” program. The program is designed to benefit students who are pursuing work-related certification.

The entertainment program will feature local talent such as singers Kamyla Ruiz, Tony Topete, Selena “Estrellita” Barrera, the Gadsden School District Mariachi Band and a choir and dance group from San Luis Rio Colorado, Son.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Diocese of Tucson will celebrate Mass.

Drawings will be held for bicycles, gift certificates, appliances and other prizes, including a dining room, baseball caps and admission to San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Two farmworkers, a man and a woman nominated by their colleagues for their dedication and willingness to help their colleagues, will be recognized as Farmworkers of the Year. The winners will receive a check and a certificate of recognition.

Students from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Tucson and participants of the program L.U.C.H.A. (Learning, Understanding and Cultivating Health Advocacy) will support the day’s activities.

For more information, call Campesinos Sin Fronteras at 627-1060.

Mara Knaub can be reached at mknaub@yumasun.com or 539-6856. Find her on Facebook at Facebook.com/YSMaraKnaub or on Twitter at @YSMaraKnaub.

Source: YumaSun.com, “Day of the Farmworker to Fete Ag Workers Saturday” by Mara Knaub, Sun Staff Writer, 1 Dec 2011.

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