‘Bowl-a-thon’ fundraiser to focus on overdose awareness

The Quad Cities Harm Reduction will bring attention to overdoses through their Bowl-A-Thon. — photo by Joonas Tikkanen via Flickr Creative Commons

Overdose Awareness Bowl-A-Thon

Blackhawk Bowl and Martini Lounge — Saturday, March 28 at 12 p.m.

Bowl for a cause at the Quad Cities Harm Reduction’s Overdose Awareness Bowl-A-Thon. The event will raise funds for their Second Annual Overdose Awareness Walk set for Aug. 29 in the Quad-Cities.

QC Harm Reduction is a nonprofit that was started by Quad Cities citizens who have been directly impacted by the overdose crisis in Iowa. Their mission is to “honor those lost to overdose and to help save the lives of those still struggling.”

Kim Brown, a registered nurse and the founder of QC Harm Reduction, hopes the fundraiser and awareness walk will help aid the public in realizing the the severity of the rise in drug overdoses.

“Our goals are to raise awareness of the growing number of overdose deaths here in our own state of Iowa and nationwide, to move substance misuse and addictive illness into the public health setting and to save the lives of overdose victims by supporting legislation that promotes harm reduction policies,” said Brown.

In order to aid those struggling with drugs, QC Harm Reduction is working to help the public change the way addiction is viewed. They advocate for “evidence-based harm reduction and less punitive measures,” as well as a 911 Good Samaritan Laws.

They have also been pushing for the expanded use of Naloxone, an opiate antidote used in the treatment of opioid overdoses. On Thursday, March 19, Iowa Senators passed SF410, a bill to broaden access to Naloxone. This bill is now being considered by the Iowa House.

In addition to bowling, the event will include a silent auction and a raffle, with half the funds raised going to Overdose Awareness Walk in August and the other half going to the raffle winner.

The event is open to anyone who wishes to come and show their support while also enjoying a round of bowling. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and up, and free for kids under 12. The admission fee includes lunch, bowling and shoe rental.

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