With September only a couple of days away, its time to get ready for a brand new month of awareness events. September is a great month to get involved with some important causes. Whether you are raising money to donate for disease cures or educating people on how to live a healthier life, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important September Awareness Month events so that you can choose the one that is best for you.
The most important awareness month event that takes place in September is for leukemia and lymphoma. These blood cancers are diagnosed in a new person every 4 minutes in the United States. This is an alarming statistic, and a cure must be found for this disease. There are plenty of ways you can get involved. One of the most popular is with the Light the Night Walk, an event which attracts thousands of people to walk to raise money to go towards the research and development of a cure. If you are up to participating in a more strenuous test of endurance, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors the Team In Training. This event allows you to train for certain events which include marathons, half marathons, hikes and bike rides, and more. Another important September Awareness Month Event to consider is for baby safety. Baby Safety Month is a cause that is honored by hospitals, day care centers, pediatricians, schools, and parents to educate people on how to keep their children safe. There are a ton of dangers that exist for a baby in the household, and these issues need to be addressed. For example, there are events available which provide educational materials on how to protect your electrical outlets, and lock up the cleaning supplies that most people keep under their kitchen sink. The Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association provides much more information on this topic if you are interested in getting involved.
Finally, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is another event that takes place in September. This is another crucial cause to get involved in, since it affects so many men across the country. A cure has not been discovered for prostate cancer, and your help is needed. If you want to devote some of your time to raising money for donations, the most popular events are sponsored by ZERO: The Project To End Prostate Cancer. This foundation has plenty of ways to get involved, including an annual race that is held in September as well a continued event which sets up buses allowing men to get free testing for early stage prostate cancer.
Autism is a disease that affects 1 in every 110 American children, including 1 in 70 boys. This is a frightening statistic that highlights the rampancy of a disease for which there is no cure.
In light of this fact, Americans must do everything in their power to get involved in finding a cure. There are several ways to get involved, but the easiest and most important way is to raise awareness about autism. This means joining up with autism awareness events for the purpose of educating people on how prevalent the disease is in our country. The main focus of these events is to raise money which will be donated towards the research and development of a cure.
There are plenty of autism awareness events in your area. The most popular and successful are autism walks. If you are interested in finding the walks for autism in your area, you can check them out at Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
You can also create your own autism awareness events by educating the people in your community. If you are a member of the Parent Teacher Association or local school board, you might want to bring up the idea of creating an autism awareness campaign in the schools. Organizations like these have budgets that can be used to allocate funds for awareness events. Use these funds to purchase promotional autism awareness giveaways for the purpose of grabbing people’s attention in a catchy way.
Using products like these, people are much more likely to pay attention to the facts about autism and get energized to come out and walk for the cure. The purpose is not to scare people or guilt them into taking part in giving or raising donations. You want to approach people in a respectful way that communicates the fact that this is a prevalent disease in the community, and anything they can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
Most foreign countries do not have all the benefits and resources that the United States enjoys. So if you ever thought it was difficult to spread awareness for a good cause in America, it’s a cinch compared to what some other nations have to experience.
For example, in Costa Rica there is a law which prohibits the buying or selling of blood so all donations have to be done voluntarily. Free donations is the most common practice of giving blood in the United States as well, but the only difference is that we have a established organizations with people we trust. These organizations also have plenty of money and resources to accomplish the goals that they set. And even with all, there is still not enough blood to save all the Americans that are in need of transfusions.
In light of the obstacles that foreign countries face in raising awareness, one Costa Rican blood bank got especially creative. The San Jose Blood Bank needed a way to reach as many people as possible with an ad that encouraged blood donations at their bank. The result is featured below.
A graphic flyer was wrapped around a popular San Jose publication to capture people’s attention in a striking way. The ad features an arm with a rubber band attached above to elbow, to symbolize the act of someone donating blood. On the other side of the flyer is a bunch of information listed about giving blood, and facts that you should know about before donating.
The urgent way in which the San Jose Blood Bank reached out to its citizens is genius. They targeted a popular newspaper to ensure that as many people as possible would see the ad. The ad itself features almost no text, and the picture speaks for itself. If you are going to try to raise awareness about a charitable cause, this is the exact way that should should approach it – with a sense of creativity and urgency. It doesn’t put pressure on the viewer or make them feel guilty, but at the same time it says, “Hey, we have a major problem in this country and we need all the help we can get. Anything you can do to participate would be greatly appreciated.”
If you want to learn more about popular awareness events that are happening right now, check out our promotional awareness events page.
One of the most important awareness events you can get involved with is the fight against leukemia & lymphoma.
Just to give you a few basic facts on the disease:
- Every 4 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer
- Every 10 minutes, someone dies from blood cancer
- This year, 53,240 people in the United States will die from leukemia
- Leukemia is the most common cancer to kill people under the age of 20
These statistics taken from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society database are startling. Clearly, this is a disease that is running rampant in the United States. There are plenty of people who donate blood every year, which helps to prolong the life of leukemia patients but this is not a long-term cure. Luckily, there are plenty of awareness events for this disease that are designed to raise money for cancer research, so that we can put an end to this disease. One of the most successful leukemia awareness events is the “Light the Night Walk”.The Light the Night Walk is held across the entire country on fall evenings as a way to raise funds to be donated towards leukemia research. During the walk, volunteers carry balloons which are color-coated based on the group that they are representing: white is for survivors, red for supporters, and gold in memory of those who lost the battle to leukemia. Every “Light the Night” walker is encouraged to be a “Champion of Cures” by raising at least $100 for the cure.If you would like to know more information about the Light the Night Walk, or find out how to sign up for a walk that is nearest to you, then you can check out the Light the Night Walk website.