Volley-ball tournament SERVEs flesh & fun for a good cause!
When the Québec Government dropped the ball by removing sexual education classes from high school in 2005, Heads & Hands decided to catch it, literally. he Montréal youth org will be hosting its seventh edition of SERVE on July 29th, a volleyball tournament where staff from 30 bars and restaurants compete in beach volleyball to support the cause.
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The NDG-based youth org Head & Hands created the SENSE project, a program of sex-positive and queer-friendly workshops given by peer educators, in order to fill the void created by the Charest government by supporting teenagers’ and young adults’ sexual health.
“We need to keep this project growing because each year the demand increases», says Sarah Odell, the event and fundraising coordinator, adding that this year Heads & Hands will be giving a workshop in a native community, at Kahnawake Survival School.
To finance this highly needed ongoing project, the Montréal youth org will be hosting its seventh edition of SERVE on July 29th, a volleyball tournament where staff from 30 bar and restaurants will be serving something else than food, in order to win the honors and contribute to help Québec’s youth know everything they want to know about sex (and have no one to ask).
Queer bars get sporty
Last year, SENSE project’s largest fundraiser managed to raise $27,000 and Odell says they want to spike it for this edition, aiming to raise $35,000. In order to do so, the committee managed to recruit new bars and restos, like Notre-Dame des Quilles and Dépanneur Le Pick-Up, because tattooed hipster queers are generous, and can smash it real good too.
The queerest of them all, the Royal Phoenix will be there for the second year in a row and might be a serious threat to the tanned surf boys of Dundees, who have been the big winner for the last two years.
“It’s the same cause as Faggity Ass, so it’s my way to stay involved,” says Val Desjardins, former organizer of the popular Head & Hands monthly at the Playhouse. Desjardins’s bar is now hosting the weekly Royal Bingo to raise the necessary funds to enter the tournament. The Phoenix’s owner and Roller Derby athlete, back on her feet after a leg injury, will be in the sand ready to smack it, along with her pretty staff and a few fit derby friends.
Fun in the sun
“It’s a tournament but it’s really more about having fun with friends,” Sarah Odell explains. “During the day, we will have a few activities, like a safer sex relay, where teammates will have to get close to each other to carry an egg, or manage to put a condom on vegetable.” (She neglected to mention all of the wonderful exposed flesh that makes the event so memorable.)
So everyone is invited to have a little beer and vegeburger under the sun, while watching and cheering for lightly dressed waiters and bartenders who aren’t afraid to get a little sand in interesting body places for a good cause.
SERVE Volley-ball Tournament
Jeanne-Mance Parc volley-ball courts