Being Aware in October
As I began researching for this month’s blog entry, I discovered just how many national and world awareness days, weeks, and months there are in October. According to the Health Canada website, there are ten designated awareness days, nine awareness weeks, and the entire month is dedicated to 12 causes. So I decided to do a spotlight on a few and share what our community is doing to help with these causes.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
On October 13, 2016, our very own North Bay Battalion will play the Hamilton Bulldogs in the CAA Northeastern Ontario event Pink in the Rink. This event includes an auction for a one of a kind, player warn jersey as well as a Chuck a Puck competition for great prizes. This event is in conjunction with our local Canadian Cancer Society Branch, which as you know does amazing things to help all cancer patients in our area.
Autism Awareness Month
North Bay’s branch of Autism Ontario is small, but is very effective in connecting families with the resources that they need to deal with this disability. Autism Ontario itself provides families with social learning opportunities for their children with autism including attending Blue Jays games, Ripley’s Aquarium, and in October, a special day at leisure farms.
Another group that is not well known is the P.L.A.Y.S. Association. Parents Lending Autistic Youth Support was founded by two mothers who have children with autism. This group provides regular social learning opportunities such as teen dance night and builder’s block club. They also hold the only local support group where parents can share their experiences and learn from various guest speakers.
World Stroke Day (October 29)
If you haven’t seen it, you have at least heard of the Big Bike. To put it simply, 30 seats, a 20 minute ride, and about two kilometers. Along with the $2-3000 worth of donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, this event raises awareness for the seriousness of these diseases.
There is also the Paper Hearts Campaign in which businesses accept donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A donation earns you a paper heart that you can write your name on or the name of someone who has been affected by these diseases.
Want to know what else you should be aware of this month? Check out the Health Canada link below for a full listing!
Health Canada – http://hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/calend/index-eng.php
Canadian Cancer Sociey – www.cancer.ca
Autism Ontario – www.autismontario.com
Heart and Stroke Foundation – http://www.heartandstroke.on.ca/