Date of World Ostomy Day 2018 is: Saturday 6 th October
The theme is: SPEAKING OUT CHANGES LIVES
The aim of World Ostomy Day is to improve the rehabilitation of Ostomates worldwide by bringing to the attention of the general public and the global community the needs and aspirations of Ostomates and their families. Activities to promote awareness around the world will include: educational programmes, seminars, support meetings and demonstrations, displays, electronic information networks, newspaper and magazine announcements, advertisements and articles, publication of informative handout materials and brochures, audio and video announcements and films, personal visits and lobbying activities, official government proclamations and joint activities with complementary agencies and professional health associations.
World Ostomy Day 2018
The idea of the World Ostomy Day was born in 1993 and its father is Professor Dr. Gerhard Englert who at that time was the President of IOA. The purpose of the day was to raise public awareness of the condition and improve the quality of life people with a stoma.
Please note: this does not mean having a society or association lunch or dinner etc by themselves as these sort of events do not promote the aims listed above they just make you feel good unless you have got the media along as well!
Let us engage with the media;
TV if possible
Start a Face Book page
Involve your local politicians (remember that they are always looking for exposure so piggyback on their exposure for yourself!)
Involve local celebrities
Plant trees and use it as a means of not just doing something great for the environment but as a means to getting the word out about WOD.
If you are having a gathering then have a banner which tells people who and what you are. Remember that the squeaky wheel is the one that gets the oil IE publicity.