Posted on 23 / 10 / 2015 by Andy Morley
When it comes to passionately caring and actively trying to provide change, registered charities are amongst the leading groups in the world. Charities generally operate on a donation based budget and ask that like-minded members of public with similar beliefs to them give money or other needed items in an effort to achieve their ultimate goal and halting the spread of the specific cause they campaign against.
Charities use a whole range of methods to try and convince people to support their cause. Volunteers may stand with buckets in town centres or knock on doors to see if occupants are willing to donate. There are several high profile activities to raise funds for charities already in existence. From sponsored walks and runs, to clothes drives and amnesties, charity events are evident just about every day.
There are thousands of accessories produced every year. Wristbands tailored to certain charities, diseases and world issues can show a wearer’s beliefs. Different colours are used for different conditions and matters.
Cancer can come in many different forms. The disease tears families apart and can strike anybody at any time. There is in excess of 200 types of cancer. However, four types account for 53% of newly diagnosed sufferers.
Breast Cancer awareness is one of the most prevalent campaigns around. For good reason too; breast cancer is the most seen cancer in the UK with almost 50000 new cases being reported in 2011 alone. An unmistakeable bright pink is used as the primary colour of wristband.
Lung cancer provides the second most new cancer cases in the UK per annum. Around 45000 newly diagnosed patients were told they had lung cancer in 2011. A support wristband is usually available in white.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in males responsible for almost 45000 new cases a year. A campaigner against prostate cancer may be found wearing a blue wristband.
Bowel cancer accumulates over 40000 new victims a year. Dark blue charity wristbands can be sported by anti-bowel cancer supporters.
The most sensitive type of cancer is possibly childhood cancers. Nobody wants to see a child suffer or even worse. Gold wristbands are available to show support against paediatric cancer types.
It is heart-breaking to think that people, and in particular children, can be discriminated against for any reason. There are programmes in place to try and prevent bullying and blue wristbands can show support.
Anti-poverty wristbands tend to be white in colour. Nelson Mandela famously gave wristbands out with the message “make poverty history” inscribed.
Anti-racism wristbands are usually black and white in attempt to show black and white people living in harmony – of course there are other race groups that are not ignored by antiracism charities. A sports manufacturing giant famously released an interlocking dual wristband design as part of a campaign and even produced soccer shirts in half black half white colours to be worn in a few matches.
A leading charity in assisting soldiers who have returned from duty with life altering conditions, Help for Heroes offer a wristband incorporating red, blue and light blue colours – the tri-service colours.
Wristband vendors donate most of, if not all of, the profits made from wristband sales to charities. Many charity wristbands can create conversation and the wearer can educate people on the reasons for wearing the wristband and potentially making the charity a bit of money with another sale.
There are some critics of wristbands. Some argue that they are being for fashion purposes rather than a statement of values and belief. TO counter argue however, the subject charity still profit from the money spent on the wristband and could save lives.