Nine out of every 1,000 babies in Alberta is born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Friday marks the third year International FASD Awareness Day will be celebrated in Grande Prairie, and there will be a free pancake breakfast.
“We also have a mini tradeshow going on at the same time. Different support services will be available to those [who are interested], so people can learn more about services that are local here,” said Gwen Vekved, Northwest FASD Network Coordinator. “It was well attended last year, and we invite everyone to come out. There will be two guests, caregivers, to share about their experiences raising children with FASD.”
The free pancake breakfast takes place at the Muskoseepi Park Pavilion from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m.
“It is a great opportunity for everyone to come out, join your community for a great cause and enjoy a free breakfast… It is important to recognize that we can help mothers abstain from alcohol during the entire term of pregnancy,” Vekved added.
Province-wide, over 46,000 people are affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.