So Dystonia Awareness Week 2015 has officially drawn to close for another year. It’s been great seeing pictures of people dressing in green and wearing green wigs to promote awareness on social media. I must admit I’m still struggling to get parts of the green dye out of my hair, I may have vague tints of green streaks for a few more weeks but that’s not for lack of trying.
Whilst Dystonia Awareness Week may officially have drawn to a close, our annual fundraiser for The Dystonia Society has yet to take place. We shall be throwing this in June, and shall be announcing the upcoming date this week. So keep your eyes and ears peeled! We hope to see as many of you as possible for tea, cake and some awareness!
I am thrilled to report that over the awareness week almost 1500 people viewed my blog. Of which 937 were new visitors. This completely hit last years numbers out the window. Hopefully everyone learned something new or helpful.
Saturday we held our Tea Party fundraiser for the Dystonia Society. The day was a complete success with many more people than last year showing up which was an incredibly uplifting sight. My body was still playing up a lot, this meant that I had several pain triggered seizures as my new leg spasm was aggravating the torn ligaments in my knee. However I view having these spasms in front of everyone as a complete positive, they got a good look at what Dystonia can do you.
A good family friend had offered to make a cake to raffle off for the occasion. She is very talented, and the cake looked so delicious!
Our house was packed all day long which was amazing to see. The Dystonia Society had sent us lots of useful leaflets which we had put on display around the house, everyone seemed to enjoy these and it sparked lots of different questions. Raising awareness has become such a big passion of mine, so I was overjoyed at how successful the day was. One of the elements I loved about it was that the people who had come along could also ask members of my family questions and talk to them about it. Even though they don’t have the condition their lives are still affected by it.
In total so far we have raised £425.00 for the Dystonia Society and some more people have said they would like to drop in donations which will boost our total even further. I am so grateful to everyone who came along, it was such an incredible day.
As many of you the Dystonia Society is a charity that is very close to my heart. Without the amazing work they do I would not have known who to turn to in the beginning, I would most likely still be looking for a diagnosis. The support they provide is invaluable to so many sufferers and the website is full of information that is constantly being updated. They also help provide funding for research, this is vital as you never know whose research will one day find a cure to Dystonia. For such a small charity they provide an amazing service, however they are reliant on donations. This is why each year I do lots of fundraising activities and awareness campaigning.
My cousin David and his fabulous friend Sam are running the London Marathon in a couple of weeks’ time. This is something I admire them greatly for doing. They are aiming to raise a total of £3000 for the Dystonia Society. Now some of you may be thinking that’s a mighty high target! Well, that’s because the London Marathon organisers charge charities £2000 a place! So for charities to actually gain any money from donations the targets have to be placed extremely high. However people who have not gained a place through a charity don’t have to pay anywhere near this amount of money to run! If you would like to help David and Sam achieve there £3000 target here is their Just Giving link http://www.justgiving.com/DavidandSam2014.
David has been doing other bits of fundraising as well, with his previous company even joining in. So to help out we are throwing our annual Dystonia tea party earlier than normal to raise money to add to David and Sam’s total. As usual our tea party will consist of all the cake and tea/coffee you can eat and drink, along with lots of information on Dystonia. The Dystonia Society have been very kind and provided us with some fantastic leaflets so if anyone has any questions that I don’t know the answers to then I am sure they will be in there.
Last year myself and a lady in America organised an event called Go Blue. Well this year, I am encouraging everyone to Go Green during awareness week (May 3rd -11th), which is the Dystonia Society’s colour. Whether you dye a lock of hair green, dress in green, wear green make up etc., it does not matter as long as people know what you’re doing and why. Encourage as many people as you can to get involved, take a photo and spread the word.
The Dystonia Society are also using a website called Thunderclap that co-ordinates sending messages out for groups of people. The aim of this is that on the 9th May a mass message gets sent out at 1:30pm through the social media network saying ““Help us raise awareness of #dystonia, a neurological condition that causes muscle spasms. Do it for dystonia! http://thndr.it/1fXu9dr” The more people that sign up to Thunderclap, then more people will see this, it is a fantastic awareness tool, but it will only work if lots of us sign up to it. You can register through your Twitter and/or Facebook account with them, and it sends out a message on your behalf at the set time during awareness week. You can register here https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/9777-dystonia-awareness-week?locale=en .
I have some other fundraising and awareness ideas up my sleeve, but until they are certain I shall keep them for another blog post. Raising funds, and awareness is the only way Dystonia will ever be cured, so please share this, donate, and sign up!
Yesterday I threw a fund raising tea party to raise awareness and funds for The Dystonia Society. The day exceed my expectations by miles, which was fantastic! More people than I had anticipated turned up which was amazing and really added to the day! Our house was constantly filled with people drinking tea and eating a variety of cake!
What amazed me the most was how generous people were with their donations, it was really very touching! Lots of people read through the leaflets that the Dystonia Society had provided us with and asked me a lot of questions, this was fantastic as I felt that everyone there was really interested to learn more about Dystonia.
At one point in the afternoon I was shaking my sisters friends hand goodbye when my hand suddenly spasmed. I was slightly embarrassed as I was unable to let go of his hand and the spasm was just getting tighter, luckily he found it rather amusing and said it was fine and wiggled his fingers out of the spasms grasp. This provided great entertainment for everyone in the room and also showed them a glimpse of just what my little Dystonia alien could do.
By the end of the tea party I was completely and utterly exhausted, but over the moon by how much we had managed to raise! So far a grand total of £577.26 has been raised which is mind-blowing!!! Dystonia awareness week has only just begun though and my hair shall be staying blue for the week as part of the Go Blue Movement to raise awareness and funds for Dystonia. So if you would like to help me raise even more money for The Dystonia Society please visit my Just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Moller1 .
Here are a couple of pictures from yesterdays fantastic tea party!
Dystonia Awareness Week is fast approaching, it runs from Saturday 4th May to Sunday 12th May. Last year my mum, step dad and I ran a 5k fun run up in London and raised over £700 for the Dystonia Society! However this year we had to rethink how we would raise awareness and funds for The Dystonia Society as now I am in a wheelchair the 5k fun run is out of the question. After a quick search on The Dystonia Society website we decided that we would throw a tea party. There is also a slight competitive aspect to it, as everyone sends in the their tea party photos and The Dystonia Society judge the best.
I am also taking part in the ‘Go Blue Movement’. I am dying a section of my hair blue during awareness week to raise funds and awareness for Dystonia. The Go Blue Movement is an international movement, which started off in America! If you have not heard of it yet then I am sure over the next few days you shall hear more! You can easily take part in it by dying a section of your hair blue! If you do not want to use permanent dye, you can easily use a spray in, wash out dye!
If you would like to help me raise funds for The Dystonia Society then visit my just giving link! Every bit will make a huge difference for this small but amazing charity! http://www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Moller1
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