1. What is Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)?

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic condition that cause bones to break easily. OI is also known as “brittle bones”. A person is born with OI and will have OI throughout their lifetime.

You can learn more about OI by visiting one or all of the OI associations around the world. We've provided some links to help you find the one nearest to where you live. If you can't find what you're looking for send us an email and we will do our best to help.

2. What is Wishbone Day?

Wishbone Day is the largest (international) community awareness effort ever to raise positive awareness of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), otherwise known as 'brittle bones'.

Wishbone Day is  not a fundraising event.  You can learn more about the Wishbone Day spirit and where it began here. The aim of Wishbone Day will be to raise awareness of OI by acknowledging and celebrating individual, family and community life with OI. Wishbone Day celebrations are marked annually on May 6th.

3. How did Wishbone Day come about?

Under the guidance of Jo Ragen, an expert in community development and strategic planning, Wishbone Day grew from discussions with members of the OI society of Australia Bi Annual Conference in 2008. Here, people talked about bringing more awareness to OI.

Ms Ragen compiled member suggestions, analysed the challenges and opportunities and designed the platform on which Wishbone Day could be established. Wishbone Day was first celebrated in 2010 and was quickly adopted worldwide as the official international awareness day for OI. Wishbone Day  belongs to everyone with a desire to celebrate the lives of people living with OI and is celebrated in more than 90 countries worldwide, with more joining every year. Each year Wishbone Day grows in size through the generosity, creativity and participation of people from all over the world who also want to celebrate the lives and contributions of people with OI! 

4. Why yellow?

Wishbone Day yellow shines with optimism and carries the promise of a positive future. Your Wishbone Day yellow is a symbol of that promise.  Thank you!

The symbolic Wishbone Day yellow was selected by the most junior members of our OI community. They decided that yellow best represented the colour of a wish. It was also described as the most happy colour in the pack. We couldn't argue with that!

5. Why do some of the OI events use blue?

Most of the fundraising events that focus attention to OI use blue. Wishbone Day is not a fundraising event.

6. Why is Wishbone Day important?
  • Because awareness makes a difference!
  • When we know better, we do better!  

7. Can I raise money through Wishbone Day?

Wishbone Day is not a fundraising event. We invite all Wishbone Day supporters to be creative in bringing positive awareness to their community about the lives of people living with OI.

Through positive awareness we can highlight the need for better access, greater understanding and how communities can make a difference through their interactions and decisions each day. We can also highlight the work of those whose mission it is to create better research and services for people and families living with OI. 

At Wishbone Day HQ we recognise that there may be times when funds are generated in the normal process of awareness raising activities. In these cases, your local OI association partnered with Wishbone Day must support your event.  You can find a list of OI associations here who will gladly accept your fundraising support.

8. Can I buy Wishbone Day items?

Yes.  You can buy Wishbone Day t.shirts and other items from our online Wishbone Day store.  The online store is supported by the OI Society of Australia.  If a profit is raised through merchandise these will always support ongoing Wishbone Day activities worldwide.  For example, in 2011-2012 in partnership with Sydney Childrens HospitalRotary and CLAN, the launch of the inaugural OI Club in Vietnam was achieved; 74 families attended this inaugural event. Ongoing opportunities for treatment, support and community building remain the focus of OI communities worldwide.  

9. Can I sell Wishbone Day items?

No. Selling Wishbone Day items is not permitted unless expressed permission is obtained prior and is supported by an OI association partnered with Wishbone Day.  Selling items under the guise of Wishbone Day or OI awareness for your own personal gain is not allowed. Please contact Wishbone Day or your OI association for information about how to support fundraising efforts in your community.

10. How can I get Wishbone Day items?

We encourage our OI community to be creative in the spirit of raising positive awareness. Getting family and friends involved in making their own Wishbone Day t.shirts, posters, decorations, etc. can be a fun community building and awareness raising activity.  We don't mind if children and families make their very own Wishbone Day items; however, these should only be used within your own community, immediate family and friends.  Items must not be mass produced or sold to others for profit or fundraising purposes.  (See FAQ item 5 for more information on fundraising).

11. Is this an official awareness day worldwide or is it exclusive to Australia?

Wishbone Day is the official International Awareness Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta! It is the largest community awareness event ever for OI.

We hope to have Wishbone Day 'officially' recognised in as many places around the world as possible. So please let us know if Wishbone Day is celebrated in your region so we can add you to our Wishbone Day community!

If Wishbone Day is new to your region - start celebrating now!  Get a group together, get your yellow on and start celebrating.  Let us know what you have planned and don't forget to share your Wishbone Day photos on social media #WishboneDay.

12. Who is Wishy?

Wishy is Wishbone Day's mascot!  You'll also see Wishy as the Wishbone Day logo.

You can read more about Wishy's Big Adventure here. Wishy is travelling the world, meeting as many of our OI community as possible.

He started planning his iternary on the 8 May 2011 (with Jo's help). So far, he's had a ball visiting LA and Disneyland, attended the 2011 OIFE Conference in Dubrovnik Croatia with Ute, finally met Rafa and others in Sevilla Spain, travelled to Omaha USA with Avery and Mary to visit with Dr Esposito at the OI Clinic. Wishy really is criss-crossing the globe!

Wishy has his own Facebook page here. If you would like Wishy to visit your place let us know. 

13. Can my OI society or organisation get involved in Wishbone Day?

Most definitely! If you'd like us to link your organisation to the Wishbone Day website just email us at info@wishboneday.com.  We hope that your organisation will also adopt Wishbone Day as part of your annual celebrations to bring awareness to living life with OI.

14. Your question not answered here?
Email us at:   info@wishboneday.com

Happy Wishbone Day!

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