A Record Participation for the Pingngupaa Challenge
Every year during the month of February, participants from all over the Nunavik region challenge themselves to cease drinking alcohol for 28 days. The Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre hopes to initiate change by showing participants the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, while helping its own cause to enhance Nunavimmiut inner strength and wellbeing through holistic and culturally sensitive healing programs.
Initiated four years ago, the reach of this month-long challenge has grown exponentially, leading to the enthusiasm we can witness today. This year’s edition has seen unexpected participation with a total of 265 participants, a 56% increase since last year! Work teams from organizations such as EVOQ Architecture, NERGICA, and Jaanimarik School have also joined the Challenge for the first time, cooperating to lead by example and raise awareness around substance abuse and addiction.
Isuarsivik hopes to reach a total of $50,000 through sponsorship donations, donations from organizations, and private fundraising campaigns. All funds will go to Isuarsivik to help make the Centre’s services more accessible to the 14 communities of Nunavik as well as to provide the new Centre with the equipment and accessories necessary to support its cultural mission.
If you want to make a contribution to the Pingngupaa Challenge, visit Isuarsivik.ca/donate/!