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Dia Del Campesino Farmworker Health Event To Celebrate 25th Anniversary in San Luis

Victor Calderón/KAWC
Campesinos Sin Fronteras press conference for Dia Del Campesino farmworker health event. Left to right: Liliana Arroyo, Comite De Bien Estar; Rosa Varela, Community Legal Services; Laura Licona, CSF & Louie Galaviz, City of San Luis

For 25 years, local non-profit agencies have been celebrating farmworkers with an annual event in San Luis that’s a one stop shop for health and social services.

The Dia Del Campesino, or Day of the Farmworker will be held Dec. 7 at Joe Orduño Park. It’s grown to serve more than 3,000 farmworkers who come for health screenings, donated clothing and a warm meal.

It’s starting earlier than usual this year, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. as many farmworkers are already heading to the fields by 3 or 4 a.m. Organizers say the most popular parts of the event are the medical services including flu shots and the free clothing.

Krizia Godinez is a media manager with Campesinos Sin Fronteras and a coordinator for the Spanish-language radio station KYMZ 99.9 FM Radio Sin Fronteras…

“This is an event to thank farmworkers for all the work they have done throughout the year," Godinez said. "The main purpose of this event is to bring the services closer to them.” 

As of now, there are more than 30 community agencies participating. Other services are scheduled to include glucose exams, blood pressure, body mass and cholesterol exams. Information will be offered for employment services, health and nutrition, immigration, legal services, mortgage and bankruptcy.

There will be raffles for bicycles and other donated goods and services.

Food will include menudo and Mexican hot chocolate.

Los Del Llano, a Mexican Norteño band, will be performing.

The City of San Luis is providing shuttles from Chase Bank to the event.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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