30 January 2012

We're recruiting!

VOLUNTEER Position/s – Feb-June 2012

Are you excited and passionate about Wishbone Day?
Do you like to share your excitement about Wishbone Day with other people?
Are you interested in a Volunteer Regional Liaison role with Wishbone Day?

You might be just the person Wishbone Day is looking for!

Regional Liaison Role (Volunteer)
Now in its third year, international Wishbone Day is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever! To make sure we continue to meet the needs of our growing community, Wishbone Day seeks six volunteers for Regional Liaison Roles to promote awareness about Wishbone Day and OI in your region or area of the world.

This is an unpaid volunteer role which will require at least one hour once a week from your own home for three months.

Each Regional Liaison will join our online international support team to bring Wishbone Day to more individuals and community groups across the world and to raise positive awareness of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) through local and international community activities.

Wishbone Day Liaison Regions

- Africa
- Asia
- Australia/New Zealand
- Europe
- North America
- South America

About Wishbone Day
Wishbone Day is an international awareness day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta (also known as 'brittle bones'). Wishbone Day is not a fundraising event. Wishbone Day is celebrated on the 6th May each year. Wishbone Day was first celebrated in 2010 and 6 May 2012 will be the third International Wishbone Day.

Wishbone Day has grown all over the world with generous, creative and excited people who also want to celebrate and promote awareness of OI!

Wishbone Day belongs to everyone who celebrates the lives of people living with OI.
Benefits to you
This volunteer role is your opportunity to:
  • Connect with other creative and passionate people who know that OI is no showstopper!
  • Contribute to the awareness and celebration of the lives of people with OI
  • Be an agent for positive change within your local and international community
  • Bring Wishbone Day to your region of the world in celebration of people with OI worldwide!
Tasks and responsibilities
  • Collect photos and stories about Wishbone Day activities for the Wishbone Day website and social media
  • Promote 6th May as Wishbone Day throughout your region and networks
  • Connect people in the Wishbone Day community with each other in a spirit of goodwill to create strong happy communities
  • Encourage others to support Wishbone Day through activities like wearing yellow, telling people about Wishbone Day and most of all celebrating Wishbone Day on 6 May
  • Support 'Wishy' in his world tour to OI events such as conferences and Wishbone Day activities in your region
  • Identify opportunities for Wishbone Day promotion and OI awareness within your region
  • Report regional Wishbone Day developments back to the team on a weekly basis
Essential Criteria
  • Access to the Internet and the ability to effectively communicate via email, Skype or other Internet based communication method.
  • Commitment to the Regional Liaison Role for three months
  • Time to promote awareness about Wishbone Day in your region or area of the world
  • Ability to engage with the OI community and increase OI awareness without the explicit need for fundraising
  • Commitment to raise awareness about Wishbone Day and encourage positive change and outcomes for people living with OI.
Desirable Criteria
  • Previous experience (volunteer or employed) in community development or relevant training.
  • The Wishbone Day office is a 'virtual office', without premises, paid staff or funding. Founder Jo Ragen can provide contact and support via Skype and email as required. Craig Andrews provides support services to Wishbone Day and can also be contacted via Skype and email.
  • Each Regional Liaison role will operate from where you live.
To apply for this role
If you are interested in joining our team please apply via email to info@wishboneday.com by Friday 10 February 2012.

Your application email must address the following:

1. The region you would like to represent
2. The skills you bring to this role and
3. Why you would like to be a Wishbone Day Regional Liaison!

For more information
Please visit the website at http://www.wishboneday.com/

If you have further questions, please email Craig Andrews: info@wishboneday.com
Subject: Attention to International Volunteer Support Services Coordinator

29 January 2012

What's possible?

Wishbone Day started with the question "What's possible?"

Since then Wishbone Day has surged its way across the world raising awareness about Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

Wishbone Day is making a difference through each and every one of you who embrace the fun and joy of Wishbone Day!  We've seen improved networks and supports, better access to schools and other community agencies, greater understanding from communities and an overwhelming burst of enthusiasm towards action and hope for the future.

We love hearing your stories about how Wishbone Day has made a difference to your life, the amazing people you've met and the fun you've had on Wishbone Day. :-)

So what's possible for Wishbone Day in 2012?

What's possible for you in 2012?

What's possible for people with OI? What can we do in the world?

Click the Post a Comment link below and tell us!
We want to hear from you what's possible!!

Wishbone Day Challenge

Did you know ... that Wishbone Day yellow symbolises optimism and carries the promise of a positive future? 

Join our #WishboneDayChallenge.  Will you go yellow this Wishbone Day? 

28 January 2012

Wishbone Day Challenge

Did you know ... that access to schools, workplaces and other community venues can be a challenge for people living with OI?

Join our #WishboneDayChallenge.  What changes can you make to achieve better access where you live?

24 January 2012

Wishbone Day Challenge

DId you know ... that for many people living with OI, the limiting beliefs and assumptions from others are their greatest challenge? 

Join our #WishboneDayChallenge. What assumptions do you make about people living with OI? 

20 January 2012

Wishbone Day Challenge

DId you know ... that for many people living with OI, the limiting beliefs and assumptions from others are their greatest challenge?  

Join our #WIshboneDayChallenge.  Check in with your own assumptions.  Do they limit or facilitate others? 


05 January 2012

Viva Quito!

I've just spent 3 weeks in sunny Ecuador!
It was fantastic to attend the II Latin American OI Congress in Quito. There was so much to see and so many new friends to meet. Here I am with Justin and Hilda.

I was so very excited to meet the OI-team from Shriners Hospital Montreal and the famous Dr. Fassier! 

Dr Fassier and his colleague Dr. Pierre Duval invented the Fassier-Duval Telescopic Rod. This is a rod that is used to surgically straighten and strengthen the long bones of the legs and arms of children living with OI. The amazing thing about Dr Fassiers invention is the rod grows as a child grows which means less surgeries to replace the rod as kids grow up. The Fassier-Duval Rod is used in more than 45 countries worldwide! Thank you Dr Fassier for your amazing work! :-)

After the Congress it was time for some sight seeing.  I went to the Otavalo Indio Market and met these delightful little puppets.   

and then was treated to a ride with my new friends on a "Chiva" during the "Fiestas de Quito" - an open bus driving through Quito's old town - viva Quito!  

I've had such a great time and have learned so much.  I hope that my new friends here in Ecuador are as excited as I am for Wishbone Day 2012.  It's only 5 months to go!

Have you started planning your Wishbone Day celebration?  Click here to write me a note and let me know what you have planned.

I hope to see you soon!

04 January 2012

More than a bright yellow shirt

This time last year we announced our exciting new Rotary partnership.  This was a big step forward for Wishbone Day to maximise awareness and sustainable growth worldwide. 

One of the many benefits to our partnership with Rotary Club Dee Why Warringah was that it enabled Wishbone Day to include a small profit margin to awareness items purchased in our online Wishbone Day store.

We're delighted to share that through your purchases and the support of Rotary Dee Why Warringah the profits raised from the sale of awareness items from the Wishbone Day store during 2011 have been donated to CLAN to contribute to the launch and some ongoing support of the OI Club in Vietnam. 

For many families living with OI in resource-poor countries there is very little available in the way of access to effective medicine, treatment or support.

74 families gained direct benefit from the OI gathering in Hanoi in November and these families will celebrate their first Wishbone Day with us in 2012!  AWARENESS MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Wishbone Day is not a fundraising event and our primary focus remains with awareness raising; it is however exciting to know that through the generous support of the Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah when you purchase a Wishbone Day shirt or other awareness item from our online store you will be benefiting OI communities and awareness worldwide.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah for their ongoing generosity, support and enthusiasm to raise OI awareness and support for families around the world.

If you haven't yet purchased your Wishbone Day shirt for 2012 jump online and check out the many items available.