You alone can start to organize an event, presentation, exhibit, etc. with friends, fellow survivors and their families in your community. This is a grassroots movement – get involved! The following are ideas that you can do to raise awareness on World MRSA Day (Oct.2nd) or during MRSA Awareness Month – October.
Many MRSA survivors are from the healthcare industry and can organize a service at their place of worship. We must come together to raise awareness of the MRSA epidemic.
Download Customizable Posters on the MEDIA & MATERIALS page for World MRSA Day and World MRSA Awareness Month
- Candlelight Vigils – organize one at your place of worship, the state capitol steps,government building or community center.
- Organize a memorial or commemorative program at a church, temple, mosque, etc.
- Make a photo exhibit of MRSA survivors and those who have lost their life and display at a public building, community center. etc.
- Post videos on your web site or photos from those who have lost their life and tell how it has impacted your life. Also post them on YouTube.
- Organize a fundraiser such as a walk, golf outing, etc. during MRSA Awareness Month-October.
CONTACT THE MEDIA
It is important that the media knows about your event. Find out who the health reporter is for your local newspaper or who covers the health beat and get their contact information. Do the same for your local TV station and you can find that information on the TV stations web site. Also you want to place your event in the newspaper calendar of events section. Send a press release to the media several weeks before the event and follow up with a phone call. You may want to do this again a week before the event also. List your event in any free listings that are available in your area.
Hosting a fundraiser is a great way to get involved and help to raise awareness for MRSA education and general awareness, whether it is in the community or healthcare setting. The following are some suggestions, but be creative and put your personal touch to a fundraising event or campaign. You’ll make a difference!
MRSA Youth Champion Award 2013
MRSA Survivors Network’s “MRSA Youth Champion Award 2013” given to Bethany Burke of Austin, TX
Bethany Burke, 18 of Austin, Texas attends Hyde Park High School and acquired CA-MRSA (community-acquired MRSA) and decided she needed to raise awareness and turn a negative experience into a positive one. She put together a fundraising campaign online using CrowdRise.com and produced her own amazing video to showcase her experience, to inspire other youth to get involved in the movement and raised $1,300 for MRSA Survivors Network. She is our 2013 “MRSA Youth Champion”.
Be inspired by Bethany’s example and create a fundraising campaign for MRSA Survivors Network using your social media contacts. Help us raise awareness and educate the public about the MRSA epidemic. Get involved!!! You CAN make a difference!!!
Bethany vs MRSA video on YouTube
CrowdRise.com Bethany vs MRSA Campaign
WORLD MRSA DAY – Oct. 2nd and WORLD MRSA AWARENESS MONTH
Organize a World MRSA Day or World MRSA Awareness Month – October event at your school, community center, church, healthcare facility, etc. and help raise awareness to the MRSA epidemic. Downloadable posters that are customizable can be found at www.worldmrsaday.org – the official site.
School science projects can emphasize bacteria (namely MRSA) and how it lives in our community and also the importance of hand hygiene (handwashing) to control the spread of MRSA.
Simple memorial events or candlelight vigils can be held at churches, community centers or parks during World MRSA Awareness Month.
Children Birthday Parties
Many children want to get involved with giving and it is a great teaching tool to show children that giving back can have great rewards. For your child’s next birthday party, suggest that in lieu of gifts that invitees donate to our cause and mission and explain that their donation is helping other children like themselves prevent from acquiring a MRSA infection. They will learn the joys of giving.
Adult Birthday Parties
We get to a certain age and what more do we need? We don’t need “more stuff”, but we can contribute to a great cause and help stop MRSA infections. Have your family members (or yourself) suggest to others that in lieu of birthday gifts, donate to MRSA Survivors Network and help raise awareness and save lives. MRSA Survivors Network is leading the way in educating the community about MRSA.
Organize your special events fundraiser for MRSA and help to raise awareness. Some suggestions are:
- Fashion Show
- Organize at a school, community center, church or place of worship a bake sale, pancake breakfast or spaghetti dinner
- Donate your proceeds from your next garage sale or a family member’s estate sale or organize a neighborhood garage sale with a “MRSA Awareness” theme.
- Organize a fundraising dinner or block party and hold a silent auction for MRSA Awareness
- Have your school hold a ‘Youth Art Competition’ for MRSA Awareness and have local businesses donate for a prize and then donate a portion for MRSA Awareness.
- Organize a local music event or art show.
WALKS, RUNS and CYCLING EVENTS
Organizing a walk, run or cycling event in your community can be a great way to raise awareness for MRSA and donate to the cause. Ask local businesses, TV and radio stations and other organizations (such as running or cycling clubs) to partner with you. You need enough lead time to promote such an event and sufficient volunteers.
Run for MRSA
If you are a runner entering marathons, 5K or 10K events; ask friends, family and local businesses to sponsor you to run for the event and donate what you have received to go to MRSA Awareness. Have a sign printed on your running gear or wear a blue ribbon to signify the cause you are running for.
School Science Projects
Fourth grader Chloe Botten of our Lady of Grace School in Edina (Minneapolis), Minnesota chose MRSA as her topic of research for her “Expert Project”. She had to write a research paper and corresponding poster to present to her class. Chloe learned a lot about MRSA in her studies and then so did her class and teacher. Chloe received top marks for her project and we hope this inspires other students and teachers to have MRSA as a subject to present to the class., which could help prevent infections and raise awareness for MRSA. Great going Chloe!!!