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Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week 2018
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week?
It’s an annual awareness campaign designed to help the general public recognise the signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The campaign also helps people understand the reality of living with RA and its effects, which is a topic very close to our hearts.
Why is RA Awareness Week Important?
As you can see from our story, RA is widely misunderstood. You possibly have your own story and no doubt it will involve a lack of awareness.
With that in mind, campaigns like RA Awareness Week are vitally important in helping the general public understand this nasty disease.
Who Organises RA Awareness Week?
The campaign is organised by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).
Founded in 2001 the NRAS is the voice of people affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis. They pride themselves in being the only UK charity specifically devoted to RA.
We’ve reproduced their vision and mission statement below:
For everyone with RA to be able to live the life they want to
Ensure that people affected by RA have the information, tools and support to be able to access high-quality care and services best suited to their individual needs and preferences.
Do everything we can to raise standards of care and ensure equitable access to high-quality care and treatment for all with RA.
Pioneer innovative and effective ways to support all those living with RA to lead full and active lives with maximum well-being, able to pursue their individual goals.
The Bimblers wholeheartedly endorse and support these values and will endeavour to promote them at all times
How You Can Get Involved
There are many ways you can get involved, anything you can do to raise awareness is much appreciated.
Here’re a few ideas from the RA Awareness Week page:
Connect on social media. NRAS are on Twitter and Facebook. Like, follow and share the message, use the hashtag #RuAware. If you’re active on other social media platforms promote awareness there too.
If you have a blog, why not write a post. Share RA Awareness Week on forums, message boards, in fact anywhere you can.
How about hosting an event, tea party or information stand.
Buy NRAS merchandise and wear it with pride all year round.
More details and media support are available on the NRAS awareness page.
If you have any other ideas to raise awareness of RA and need some help contact the media department, they’ll be happy to help.