Report On The 2019 OI Awareness Week Held From The 5th-11th May, 2019.
The Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) celebration started with a buildup of plastering our social media platforms with posters that reminded people of the upcoming celebration. This served as an opportunity for people to inquire more about the condition. The week started on the 5th of May with a talk on OI and its management at the Calvary Charismatic Center, Children Service Department. OI was discussed in details with Children ranging from 6 years to 15 years. The president, Mrs. Justina Yiadom-Boakye did the presentation with the children.
On the 6th of May also known as Wishbone Day (International awareness Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta) the organization lunched a challenge dubbed “Get Your Yellow On” and Has tag #Wishbonedaygh on any of our social medium platforms. This challenge was a medium which the organization used to urge all those participating by wearing Yellow to talk about the condition to create more Awareness as well as to show love to persons living with the condition. It was climaxed in the evening with an interview on GHOne TV station with Christabel Ayeyi Hawkson the Campaign Director for the celebration. She spent some minutes discussing with the host about the OI condition and addressing some misconceptions about the condition.
This was done during the evening news time of the station.
This was also followed on the 7th with another interview on ATL FM’s morning show with Mary Ama Bawa as host. Mrs. Justina Yiadom-Boakye, the president talked about her experience of raising a child with the condition and what support systems are available to parents with children with OI. Listeners were able to send in their comments and thoughts to the show which were positive.
Because the theme for this year was based on Awareness, all other activities were channeled in that direction. Our social media pages were flooded with pictures of patrons, volunteers, and the general public in their yellow and touch of yellow outfits. This year’s celebration was successful and we reached a larger audience with information about OI condition than past years.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the general public and everyone who helped in diverse ways to make this a success. To the media houses who gave us the opportunity to use their platform to educate the general public, we say THANK YOU and may God bless you. To our parents who are nurturing and raising children with this condition, we pray for strength and resilience for you. The OI Foundation-Ghana will be there to assist in possible ways that we can.
We look forward to greater prospects in the coming year with more patrons and donors to assist us in our work.