On Saturday March 12, 2016, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) hosted its 3rd Annual Health Matters: Health & Resource Fair. This year, OLCDC joined forces with over 25 organizations to connect local residents to resources aimed at improving overall community Health. The theme of this year’s Health Fair was Cancer Awareness and Prevention. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month which encouraged OLCDC to host its first 1-mile Walk for a Purpose in downtown Opa-locka to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer. The Health Fair attracted over 200 attendees. Sponsors included the Children’s Trust, Mercantile Commerce bank, MBNA Dental, the University of Miami, Feeding South Florida, and Romo’s Pizza who provided food for volunteers. Rainbow Park Dance Magnet lead by Performing Arts Magnet Dance Teacher Kathy Pilafian also gave a short performance as a part of the fair.
OLCDC’s board Members Board members Wilbert Tee Holloway, Ulysses Harvard, Mary Alice Brown, and Nashid Sabir were in attendance to encourage local families to live a healthy and active lifestyle, connect to community services and resources. Attendees received their share of over 4000 lbs. of fresh produce, including bell peppers, red potatoes, green beans, okra and onions as well as fresh coconuts and pineapples. Building on the success of this year’s event, OLCDC will begin preparation for the 2017 Health & Resource Fair and continue to promote a healthier Opa-locka community.
The hosted 25 vendors, a bounce house, health demonstrations, dance performance and CPR classes. Another popular attraction was our refreshment truck that offered fresh pineapples, coconuts, and sugar cane.