We’ll be offering information brochures and resources. We’ll also be hosting a “Make Your Own Friendship Bracelet” station, where people of all ages are welcome to make their own bracelet and become a part of our Circle of Friends.
|Photo by: moiracrochetsplarn.
Please note, these friendship bracelets are simply an example of what you could make
on June 3 at the Aurora Chamber Street Festival.
As you may have read in an earlier post on our Circle of Friends, the “Friend Raising” campaign was established to help raise awareness and funds so EDOYR can continue to provide support for people suffering from eating disorders or disordered eating as well as for their families and friends.
When friends come together to embark on any given initiative, the encouragement and support they provide one another is inexplicable. We see this first hand at many of the fundraising events hosted not only by [EDOYR], but by the friends we have gained over the years. We are hoping to take this idea one step further! With the help of even just one friend, EDOYR is able to make great strides. If that one friend were to encourage their circle of friends, not only would this increase awareness around eating disorders but lessen the stigma as well. Everyone knows someone who in some way, shape or form, is affected by an Eating Disorder. We need to come together, to empower one another and add that human touch to relationships that is often left behind.
Nisha Thomas, a former EDOYR placement student, wrote the above when initially describing “Friend Raising” for our blog.
“Friend Raising” also teaches members of the community how to be a friend to someone suffering from a mental illness.
Thomas went on to explain that a Circle of Friends would include groups of friends coming together to arrange events within their local community to raise money. All proceeds would then, in turn, go towards EDOYR.
A Circle of Friends could also include ongoing online donations of any amount per month. Should one person make a donation each month and then encourage four of their friends to do so as well, this monthly contribution from your Circle of Friends will not only increase with the more people who donate, but so will eating disorder awareness.
Be sure to visit us at the Aurora Chamber Street Festival to make your own friendship bracelet and learn more about how you can become a part of our Circle of Friends.