In its 2nd year, Heal Christchurch is a collaborative event to bring healing to the people of Christchurch, NZ who were impacted by the destructive earthquakes of 2011. In 2012 Dr. Scott Walker and volunteer practitioners from New Zealand and Australia came together to treat those whose health and wellbeing were impacted by the devastating earthquakes. In Nov. 2013 volunteers will again work to heal the local communities. Dr. Walker described last year’s event as the highlight of his professional career. ONE encourages interested practitioners to volunteer.
Following these natural disasters, especially the event of February 22, 2011 that claimed 185 lives, many individuals in the city continue to struggle with anxiety, grief, stress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The first HEAL Christchurch event was at the Geo Dome in North Hagley Park in March 2012. It was a huge success with more than 70 practitioners from all over New Zealand, Australia and the United States attending. More importantly, nearly 1,200 people presented for care over the two-day-event and received more than 2,000 consultations from chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths, herbalists, acupuncturists, psychotherapists, psychologists, massage therapists and others.
An in-house follow-up survey of the attendees to HEAL Christchurch 2012 indicated that 93% of the respondents were very happy with the help and care they received, which was extremely rewarding and encouraging for all involved. This year there is discussion on amending the patient exit survey so that the information gathered will be of the quality needed for a publishable research project.
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9am-5pmSunday, November 10, 2013, 9am-4pm
WHERE: Canterbury Horticultural Society Complex, South Hagley Park, 57 Riccarton Road, Christchurch
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Heal Christchurch volunteer staff at: http://healchristchurch.net/contact-us/