28 December 2011

Welcome to our friends in Vietnam

With the support of CLAN, the National Hospital of Pediatrics (NHP) in Hanoi, Children's Hospital Westmead (CHW in Sydney, Australia), the Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah, Wishbone Day and other key partners, the launch of Vietnam's Inaugural Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Club was achieved!

This was a special day with a gathering of 74 families all with children who are living with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) in Vietnam. We are excited that Wishbone Day 2012 will be celebrated by our OI Families in Vietnam and that ongoing development for awareness and better outcomes for families.    

Here is a reflection of this amazing day from CLAN.


20 November 2011

Wishy in the Netherlands

Here I am in the Netherlands having a fantastic time.

I visited a lovely town called Putten where I attended a meeting of the Dutch OI Association. I've met so many new friends and shared so much about Wishbone Day

My friends Norbert Boumans and Taco van Welzenis took these wonderful photos.

This is a photo of when I met some "zwarte Pieten" (black Pete). Black Pete traditionally help the Dutch "Sinterklaas" with the distribution of sweets and presents to children. They are so mischievous!  

It has been so much fun to learn about new cultures and traditions and how our friends all over the world celebrate special times together. Leaning new things has really been a highlight of my world adventure.  

After the meeting some of my friends took me to one of the local hotels.  I was feeling very thirsty so my friends gave me a lovely drink. We had so much fun that I started feeling a little dizzy!  I've really enjoyed my visit in the Netherlands.

The next part of my travels will take me across the Ocean to Ecuador. I can't wait to meet my travel buddies and hosts Maria Barbero and Oliver Semler, a paediatrician from Cologne University Clinic for Children. Together we will attend the second Latin American OI Congress in Quito, Ecuador.

Soon I will also visit Peru, Mexico and Brazil.  Such exciting adventures!

19 November 2011

Together for a better world for all

(OI Panama)

Why is Wishbone Day important?
Because awareness makes a difference!

Wishbone Day is not a fundraising event.
All we ask is that you wear yellow on Wishbone Day.

Wishbone Day yellow SHINES with optimism & happiness
And carries the promise of a positive future!

The theme for this years' international day of people with disability is 'together for a better world for all'.  On the 3rd of December wear your Wishbone Day yellow with pride and together we will make a better world for all!

Awareness makes a difference!

08 November 2011

It's almost launch day!

Thanks to our great friends at CLAN, the National Hospital of Pediatrics (NHP) in Hanoi, Children's Hospital Westmead (CHW in Sydney, Australia) and other key partners, we'll see the launch of Vietnam's Inaugural OI Club on 14th November. 

We're super excited about this life changing event! Yes, you heard it right - LIFE CHANGING! About 120 children will immediately benefit from the launch of this OI club that will continue to benefit families for generations to come.    

If you know of families living in this region please be sure to let them know. AWARENESS MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  We'll look forward to bringing you updates soon.  

Thanks to our friend Yenthanh Mac for translating so many OI resources into Vietnamese including our Wishbone Day video!

22 October 2011

ACHOO from Europe!

I am having the best time here in Europe even though Ute and I, have both caught a little cold. We have been sneezing and sniffling - ACHOOOO!

In Sevilla we had 40°c and here in Germany about 35°c less .... it's very chilly. I may need to buy a nice warm yellow scarf or woollen hat to keep warm.

Last weekend in Sevilla, Spain I attended the Spanish OI Congress of AHUCE.  I spent lots of time with my good buddy Raffa and met so many other new and old friends.

Look how many new friends I made this day! We had such a wonderful time together and I have learned so much. 

I can't wait to see all their creative ideas for celebrating Wishbone Day 2012. I am sure it will be the best and biggest Wishbone Day EVER!

Just the other day I learned about the new Wishbone Day Soccer team in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands).  

Look how awesome they look in their bright Wishbone Day yellow uniforms! I will write more about them soon so watch for updates on my latest news.

Tomorrow I will visit a small OI meeting in Germany. I am looking forward to meeting many more beautiful friends.

In December, I have been invited to cross the big ocean to visit the Latin American OI Congress in Quito/Ecuador!  I am so excited for this part of my trip.  I can't wait to meet my friends from Ecuador!  

From Ecuador my friends have suggested that I visit Peru and then go to Mexico! I am not sure who will be my travel buddy, so please let me know if you can help me with my travels to Peru and Mexico!
I am having such a great time here.  It is so very beautiful!  

Best wishes and many greetings for now,

19 October 2011

A visit to Omaha

I'm not sure how this post got missed.  I think it must have got caught up in my luggage while I was travelling from country to county. My apologies for the very late UPDATE!

Before I flew to Germany and Spain, I spent four lovely weeks in the USA.  I had planned on going to Camp Attitude where so many of my good friends and OI family visit each year but unfortunately my flight from Australia was delayed and I was one day too late to travel with my buddies to camp.  I was thrilled that my friends made up for me not being there in person by adding me in spirit to their activities. 

Here is Aubrey with Wishbone Day face-paint and Avery, Alexi, Lexi, Robbie and Halle with a picture of me made in the snow. What fun!

Next, I travelled to Omaha with Avery and Mary to visit with Dr Esposito at the OI Clinic. I was so excited to finally meet all the staff, kids and families that visited. Jennifer had posted me a note way back in May inviting me to Omaha, so I was very excited to finally be here! I met many great friends and had such a fun time.

Avery even gave me a ride on his wagon!  Woooo!!

Mary reminded us that we should do a Wishbone Day clip to add to the next Wishbone Day promo video. Jonathon and Dr Esposito practiced their lines:  Why is Wishbone Day Important?  Because awareness makes a difference!  

It was so funny when Dr Esposito forgot his line! Oh NO!!  He better practice lots before Wishbone Day 2012!  

Next time you visit Dr Esposito at Omaha be sure to ask him: Why is Wishbone Day important?  and if he forgets, remind him - Because awareness makes a difference! 

Remember to send in your Why is Wishbone Day important? 10 second video clip to add to the promo video.  If you haven't already sent your video - do it soon!  Need a reminder?  Click here

I'll be back in the USA soon so if you can put me up for a few nights, let me know.  Leave me a comment or send me an email to wishy@wishboneday.com

Did you know ... that I have my very own personal Facebook page?  I use it to share my big adventure - how exciting!  I'd love for you to say hi to me there!.  Kids, you may have to help your Mum or Dad with Facebook because they probably wont have their own :-)

Don't be shy, say hi!!

15 October 2011

Vietnam OI Club

Did you know? on Monday 14 November, Vietnam will have their very first Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Club?

CLAN (Caring & Living as Neighbours) is a community development based organisation committed to bringing the highest quality of life possible for all children. In November 2011, CLAN will bring together around 120 children with OI, their families and supporters to launch the first OI Club in Vietnam! Through this club, families, friends and the community will discover the best ways to ensure their children enjoy the highest quality of life possible.

Starting a new club isn't easy. Our friends in the Philippines launched their first OI club at the beginning of Wishbone Day in 2010.  With the help of Rotary Club of Dee Why WarringahBatangas Rotary and other generous friends the OI Support-Philippines was launched and is growing each day. Click here to read their message of success to families in Vietnam.

CLAN will bring together supporters from the National Hospital of Pediatrics (NHP) in Hanoi, Children's Hospital Westmead (CHW in Sydney, Australia), Wishbone Day and other key partners to support the launch of this Inaugural Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Club.

Let us know if you have exciting new OI developments we can share.  Because awareness makes a difference!

Adventure in Europe

My adventure in Europe has been fantastic so far! I love it here!!

I attended the OIFE's19th annual meeting and then the really exciting Scientific Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  I've met many new friends who are planning Wishbone Day events for 2012.  I really think that Wishbone Day 2012 will be the best we've ever had! Thank you Ute from OIFE for introducing me to so many wonderful friends.

On Thursday I arrived in Sevilla, Spain. I am visiting at the OI-Congress of OIFE's Spanish member organisation. I am so excited to be spending time with my friends from Spain. 'Did you know' that when Wishbone Day first started in 2010, Spain was our first group of friends outside of Australia to translate Wishbone Day into another language other than English?  

This is me with Rafa, who has helped so much with Wishbone Day in Spain! Thank you Rafa!!

Next week I will visit with friends in Germany and then in December, I'm off to Quito, Ecuador!  Maria Barbero and Oliver Semler, a paediatrician from Cologne University Clinic for Children will be my hosts and travel buddies. Together we will attend the second Latin American OI Congress in Quito, Ecuador.

My friends back in Australia have told me that Dr Kate Armstrong from CLAN and A/Prof Craig Munns from the Childrens Hospital at Westmead were awesome at the presentation with Rotary Dee Why Warringah on Tuesday night (11 October).  I am so excited that soon friends in Vietnam will join our global OI family and will be celebrating Wishbone Day in 2012.

If you'd like to be my host where you live, please let me know through my Facebook page! or email Jo and I will do my very best to get there!

07 October 2011

Next stop Spain!

I arrived safely in Germany and met up with my travel buddy Ute from OIFE. We travelled together to the OIFE conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia where I met some wonderful new friends including friends all the way from Australia, Helen Keogh and Professor David Silence! Can you see me in the photo below?  I'm sitting with my new friend Terese from Sweden!

After the OIFE conference, I was so excited to be invited to join the 11th International Conference on OI! It is such an exciting time to be meeting so many amazing new friends and learning of all the awesome Wishbone Day ideas being planned for 2012.  Awareness really does make a difference!

Delegates from the 2011 OIFE Conference, Dubrovnik Croatia

I have just heard that there will be an OI conference for the first time in Mexico in January 2012. So, I am going to try and get to that one. Is there anyone who can put me up for a few days in Mexico? I need a travel buddy!  Please leave me a comment or email me on wishy@wishboneday.com if you're keen to be my travel buddy in Mexico!  

I have also heard about the exciting news that our friends in Vietnam will soon be launching their OI Club.  I can't wait to hear all about their first meeting in November!  Maybe I could visit Vietnam sometime soon!!

Ute was worried that I might be getting homesick.  But no, I'm having far too much fun to be homesick! Soon I will say good bye to Croatia and head to Spain for the Congress on OI in Sevilla and will meet more OI family and friends!  

I can't wait!  Spain here I come!!

28 September 2011

Wishbone Day 2011 News is here!

We've had some requests to provide 'Wishbone Day News 2011 as a download' to print off and share with your friends and family. So we've answered the call with a condensed version of Wishbone Day 2011. 

You'll find a small sample of Wishbone Day celebration photos that were shared by Wishbone Day supporters and published via our website, as well as the FAQ and a few 'did you know...' info bites.

Download and print WishBone Day News 2011 to help your family, friends and colleagues learn more about Wishbone Day or send it to anyone who does not have access to the internet!

We would love to get details of your OI awareness events. You can also add your 'Did you know...' items by sending us interesting news about our OI community.

I'll get you started :) Did you know... its only 221 days until Wishbone Day 2012!?

Send your contributions to info@wishboneday.com

23 July 2011

Wishbone Day 2012 Promo Video

Be part of the Wishbone Day 2012 promo video by sending us your 10 second video clip! See Alexi with a great example.

Your clip should be no longer than 10 seconds!

Only use the script: 
(Why is Wishbone Day important?  Because awareness makes a difference!)

The rest is up to you. Do it by yourself or get family and friends to help! and don't forget to show some yellow :-)

Send your clip to info@wishboneday.com no later than 30 November 2011

If you missed the promo video for 2011 ... check it out here.

25 May 2011

Wishbone Day Celebration 2011

Wishbone Day 2011 was our second international awareness day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta and has been celebrated in communities across the world.  Wishbone Day 2011 is the largest community awareness day ever to raise awareness for OI worldwide.

We'd like to thank all those people who wore their yellow on Wishbone Day and for the overwhelming enthusiasm to support Wishbone Day to reach the world.   Watch the video to see how Wishbone Day was celebrated this year.

Plans are already well underway for Wishbone Day 2012!  So be prepared for an even bigger celebration next year!!

23 May 2011

Fireworks re-launch

We have re-launched the Wishbone Day promo video and included a few new photos. If you didn't make 'the cut' don't be concerned.

The 2011 Wishbone Day celebration video is only days away! Stay tuned for its launch soon.

11 May 2011

Wishy's new friends @ Disneyland

Today I met some great new friends at the Home of the Future at Disneyland.  I was impressed that they wore their yellow on Wishbone Day! Look how excited they are to be getting a photo with me :-) FEEL THE LOVE!!

This friend didn't quite get the concept of yellow but still he showed great 'unbreakable spirit' in the Indianna Jones Tunnel.  What an adventure!

08 May 2011

An adventure itinerary

I'm having such a great time. I'm getting pretty excited for the next part of my adventure! I've had quite a few invitations - I feel so loved XX

My friends back home tell me that they are working hard to put together a video slideshow of all the amazing Wishbone Day celebrations around the world.  I can't wait to see it!

Tonight I thought I would sit down at the computer and start to plan the rest of my world tour. I realised, I need you to help me do this.  What are the must attend OI events? Where are they and when are they?

Tell me your 'must-do' OI events by leaving me a comment below, so I can plan my world tour and be back in Sydney in time for Wishbone Day 2012!

Wishy having fun in LA!

I took a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard walk of fame as well!

Did you know that when Jo Ragen was about 10 years old, she was in hospital with a badly broken leg. She received a huge fruit basket, bunch of flowers and a get well card signed -- Steven Spielberg.  I wonder if he wore Yellow on Wishbone Day?

Here I am enjoying a beautiful trip on the steam boat.
Las Vegas here I come!

Here I am having a great time. The Jungle ride at Disneyland was great fun!

07 May 2011

Touch Down!

After a very long 17 hour flight from Sydney to LA, I've touched down safe and sound. I'm feeling a bit jet lagged and tired so I'm going to get comfy in my big bed for a well earned nap.

Another big day of adventure coming up soon!

06 May 2011


Wishbone Day 2011 has exceeded all expectations - yet again! 

We've had communities all over the world celebrate WIshbone Day and raise awareness of OI. Those who celebrated with us last year had plans for a bigger and better Wishbone Day this year. They achieved! Well done!! We also welcomed many new Wishbone Day supporters this year.

Our Wishbone Day ambassadors have been creative in their awareness raising.  By far these are the best Wishbone Day TShirt creations.  Don't they look great?!

Here is Catie sharing her Wishbone Day message with her peers at school.  

And Jakob produced this great video to help his school friends to understand OI better and learn about Wishbone Day.

We've received hundreds of photo contributions and all I can say is that I have never seen so much yellow in all of my life!  Truly amazing!!  Here is a sneak peek of some Wishbone Day celebrations :-)  

Be sure to send your photos to be included in our Wishbone Day photo album.  We're updating our album daily so send in your photo contributions!  For Facebook users many of the photos are available on www.facebook.com/WishboneDay.  If you're not on Facebook never fear, all the photos will soon be viewable directly from our website - so, watch this space!

An official Wishbone Day video is in the making.  If you'd like your photo to be included in the Wishbone Day 2011 video (or photo album) please make sure your photos are submitted no later than Monday 23 May.  You can send your photo contributions to info@wishboneday.com

It's been a busy few days for Wishbone Day with the majority of events taking place over the weekend. We also know that in many parts of the world Wishbone Day celebrations will continue for a couple weeks as part of conferences, clinics and other organised activities. Please keep us posted on your events as they happen! and don't forget to send your photos.

I'd like to thank everyone for the amazing journey that Wishbone Day 2011 has been so far. The support and awareness shown around the world has been incredible!  

We'd like to finish our post today by asking you to comment on this post. Tell us: What does Wishbone Day mean to you?

Checked in and ready to fly!

It was a very early start today!  I was up at 4.30am to drive across Sydney to the Airport.  I arrived at the airport in plenty of time, checked my luggage in and now I'm all ready to leave Sydney to begin my big Wishbone Day adventure across the World!

Jo is helping me add updates to the Wishbone Day blog as I go - so stay tuned! You'll get to hear all about my adventures and see photos.

I'm so pleased that I got a seat on the plane with plenty of leg room.  I hope they have good inflight movies for the long 17 hour flight across the world.  Excited!


Hello everyone!

My name is Wishy and I'm the mascot for Wishbone Day! I'm about to take off on a big new adventure around the world for Wishbone Day!

I am stoked to be leaving Sydney on Wishbone Day, 6 May 2011 for Los Angeles, USA!! Go me! I'm going to look around LA for a week before going to Las Vegas baby! I've never travelled before, so I'm very very excited!

After that, I'm going back to Sydney to pick up my new itinerary and start a tour around Australia.  Who knows where I will go after that?! Maybe your place?

All I know is that I have to be back in Sydney by Wishbone Day 2012!  Please contact Jo at Wishbone Day if you can put me up for a few nights when I'm in your country! 

You can say hello to me by posting me a comment below too - I love getting messages!

05 May 2011

It's Wishbone Day eve!

Did you know that it will be Wishbone Day in New Zealand first!?  Closely followed by Australia, Japan, Tokyo and China, Nepal, France and the UK then Brazil, Canada and finally the USA!    With a few others in between.  

The next 48 hours we will see Wishbone Day celebrations right across the world.

Enjoy this time with family and friends!  and be sure to send us your celebration photos!!!!!
Happy Wishbone Day friends.

03 May 2011

Just 3 days to go!

Wishbone Day is almost here!  I'm excited!

It's brilliant to see so many great celebrations being planned around the world.  We know that in 2011 Wishbone Day will be celebrated across Australia, Oceania, North and South America, Asia and Europe.

This year we have welcomed many new friends from around the world and look forward to this growing trend as Wishbone Day reaches more people to raise awareness.

If you are not represented on our Wishbone Day map (below) please drop us an email to let us know that you will be celebrating Wishbone Day where you live. We want to acknowledge everyone celebrating Wishbone Day in the world!!
Wishbone Day celebrations have been busy in the planning phases.  Ribbons, t-shirts, posters, jewellery, trinkets and other yellow decorations have filled living rooms, offices and school class rooms across the world in preparation for celebrations this week.  We know there's going to be Wishbone Day classroom and office activities, picnics, parties, morning and afternoon teas.

If you're still looking for some creative inspiration for your own Wishbone Day celebrations take a look at the Wishbone Day Bright Ideas shared by our Wishbone Day supporters around the world. If you have something to share drop us a note and let us know. We love reading your comments - so please click on the comments link below and tell us what you're planning.

Our friends in Spain have begun our Wishbone Day celebrations with a pre-Wishbone Day family reunion.   A great day had by all and lots of yellow to raise positive awareness of OI.  

Remember we LOVE your photos of your Wishbone Day celebrations - so please share them with us! We want the world to see how Wishbone Day 2011 was celebrated around the world.

Send your photos to info@wishboneday.com so we can include the images in our Wishbone Day 2011 video slideshow!

29 April 2011

Follow the yellow Wishbone Day road

We're excited to see the increased number of Wishbone Day images creeping across the world to raise awareness of OI. We love the posters and various art works being created as individual expressions of Wishbone Day.  

It is important to remember that if you are creating images using the Wishbone Day image you must link it back to Wishbone Day at http://www.wishboneday.com/

This is important to protect the Wishbone Day image/logo and how it is used, to make sure that people know how to find us and to keep Wishbone Day moving in the right direction.  

All Yellow Wishbone Day roads should lead back homehttp://www.wishboneday.com/ 

Don't forget to check out our image conditions of use.  Thanks!

Got any questions - just hit up the comments section below and I'll make sure I respond asap!

28 April 2011

Send us your photos!

Watch this video to see how our first ever -- in the history of Wishbone Day awareness days -- was spent in 2010. 

Can we out do this in 2011?

Get photos of your Wishbone Day activities, shirts and other promo items and send them to

info@wishboneday.com -- you could feature in our next Wishbone Day video!

26 April 2011

More bright ideas

Is your business, organisation or school going yellow on Wishbone Day?  Use this poster to invite people to ask you why you're wearing yellow!

Click the image to view as a larger file then right click to save and print.

We love Gingerbread!  Check out these great Wishbone Day treats.

You can get the recipe from the Brittle Bone Society UK 

Send us your photos of Wishbone Day treats!