I went out of my way to go the most effective ways to raise awareness, especially if they have strong designs to go with them, because they make a great conversation starter.
“What does that mean, that one on your shirt..?”
The perfect opportunity to tell them about your cause.
Considering this month’s commemorative cause, the Haemophilia Association of the Philippines, Inc., decided to sell shirts to raise awareness. Since Sunday, April 5, they have been selling these shirts outside the main entrance at Parkmall.
You have until Sunday, April 12 to get them at Parkmall. If you’re still confused about hemophilia, I posted about the it here, but there are other resources that really talk about it in depth, like the World Health Organization, National Hemophilia Association, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and Nemours Center for Children’s Health. (Oh, if they’re pink, they’re clickable, follow the links!)
But on Sunday, it was the Haemophilia Association of the Philippines, Inc., that was raising the campaign, so here are some things you may want to know (if you’re interested in volunteering with them, go ahead, they are lovely people and there is always room to help!)
HAEMOPHILIA ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC.
(H.A.P.I. – CEBU)
The Haemophilia Association of the Philippines is a non-governmental organization that aims to raise funds and awareness to help patients and their families.
The organization started in 1994 as a support group for five families affected with this disorder. They shared their experiences and offered each other support, and then, when they realized that there are many more who could be affected, they decided to go to different hospitals and asked help from doctors offices, who referred some of their patients to the group, should any of them need help outside the confines of the hospital.
Today, they are officially known as the Haemophilia Association of the Philippines, Inc., and they have now grown to offer support for 147 patients, their families, and other advocates around Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, and even in Mindanao.
While they are very open having a holistic approach to healing not just for the patients, but their families as well, Hemophilia is a life-long disorder, so they also try to raise funds for treatment, and are willing to accept donations.
If you want to help by donating or volunteering you can contact them here.