BURLINGTON - Safety and health agencies from across Burlington will converge at the Family Fare Convenience Store at 2123 South Church Street in Burlington at 11 a.m. Thursday to provide free services and information to attendees during a health and safety fair.
Several safety agencies and health organizations from Burlington will set up in the parking lot of the gas station. Services provided will include an American Red Cross Blood Drive, a free flu shot giveaway (5 giveaways), free blood pressure checks from the Burlington EMS, a free lung cancer screening giveaway from the Dusty Joy Foundation, fire safety information from the Burlington Fire Department, child safety seat inspections from the Burlington Police Department, free tire pressure and tread checks from Family Fare personnel and child ID information from the Alamance County Sheriff's Department. City officials and the Burlington mayor are expected to attend.
This year, Family Fare will present charitable donations to some of the participating organizations--including the Dusty Joy Foundation. News 2 talked with the organization's executive director, Dusty Donaldson. She explained her purpose in attending the Burlington health and safety fair is to promote awareness about lung cancer and to advocate the importance of lung cancer screenings.
During the health fair, Donaldson and fair participants will release 144 butterflies in commemoration of the 144 people in Alamance County who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. Donaldson reiterated lung cancer, the deadliest cancer, claims more lives than breast, colon, prostate and pancreatic cancers, combined. She said research suggests lung cancer CT screening for people who are at high risk can reduce lung cancer deaths by at least 20 percent.
Family Fare business consultant Gary Owen said at Family Fare Convenience Stores, "Safety is our highest priority." The Family Fare Convenience Store corporation represented the United States at an international conference in South Africa, after winning the HSSE global award for health and safety. Owen said Family Fare also has been a six-time winner of the Mystery Motions Award, which is based on cleanliness of gas pumps, customer service and safety practices at the store.
This year marks the one-year anniversary of the Church Street Family Fare store, so Owen said there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony during the health and safety fair.
Owen advised fair attendees to drive directly to the store at 2123 S Church Street, where they then will be directed by a parking crew to one of the surrounding lots. The event will run until 4 p.m. Thursday.