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Let's Get Loud
Have some old bright shirts or colourful 70s themed costumes in the back of your closet? The time for them to come out and you to get loud is nearly here. On Friday 19 October, 2012, is Loud Shirt Day. A nation-wide fun day event dedicated to spreading awareness and raising funds to give deaf children the gift of sound and speech.
As an initiative of First Voice, raised funds go to programs such as the 'Hear and Say Centre' which is an early intervention program for children who are deaf/hearing impaired and their families. Programs such as these can change lives, and with the help of not just hearing aids but also auditory-verbal therapy, they can help children later integrate with the hearing community. What an impact on so many children and their families lives! Have a look at the real life stories of children who have learned to speak thanks to funds that have been raised for this cause previously.
How can you help? Easy! First, register for an online information kit at the Loud Shirt website. You can register as an individual, a team of your creation, or join an existing team on the website.
Next, you can either join an event or start your own event if you don't know of any existing ones.
Organise an event at work, school or with your friends. Make your party creative – serve colourful drinks or snacks, or have a Mexican-inspired pinata (it's so colourful) – anything that's fun and will get people involved. You can create a theme where your party guests could wear their most hideous shirt, or their most outrageous outfit. Or how about Hawaiian inspired clothing? Just about anything you think would make all your participants look loud!
Then you can make it a competition to win something simple but fun and in reminder to the cause. As the site says: "Whatever you do – remember that this is one day where you can get seriously loud and wear your support for deaf children." I think it'd be a great idea if everyone would wear their bright clothes the entire day.
After that, ask each of your guests to each contribute on the day for the honour of participating and having so much fun! Proceeds can be passed onto First Voice via the banking instructions included in the information kit after registering.
To promote your event, there's lots of ideas in your information kit such as posters, that you can put up around your workplace, school and community. Or how about doing a pre-photo op. Take a pic of you wearing your best loud and bright outfit and post it to twitter and face book. Put a caption of why you're wearing it and invite everyone to join. Let the world see how easy and fun it is to be a part of the day.
If you think you might not be able to have the time to join or organise an event, no worries, just make sure to dress up colourful that day. Explain to your colleagues, friends, and anyone who asks (or maybe looks at you with a questioning look) why you are dressed that way, and if you want, make a small donation of your own and other people that might be interested when you tell them about it.
Stand out with bright florals, polka dots and stripes, whatever screams loud and bright colours. It sounds like a fantastic idea and I can't wait to be a part of it.