July. The “dog days” of summer. Known for cookouts, swimming pools, summer camp and vacations. But something that doesn’t instantly spring to mind is also very popular in the month of July: awareness walks!
During June and July, the bulk of awareness walks will occur, and the causes are as varied as the people who participate in them. AIDS, cancer, autism, diabetes, you name it, someone is walking for it. And a big component of these walks are awareness ribbons. They come in every color of the rainbow and each represents a unique concern. For example:
- Red awareness ribbons stand for AIDS awareness, as well as heart disease
- Orange awareness ribbons represent Leukemia
- Yellow awareness ribbons support US troops overseas and suicide prevention
- Green awareness ribbons stand for environmental causes and cerebral palsy
- Blue awareness ribbons support ending child abuse
- Purple awareness ribbons represent epilepsy and lupus
- Pink awareness ribbons support breast cancer research
- Rainbow awareness ribbons celebrate LGBT rights
Summer is a great time to get out of the house for all sorts of reasons, so why not make an awareness walk one of them? They range from one mile fun run/walks, 5Ks and all the way up to marathons. Never done one? They’re a great way to spend time with friends and family while supporting a cause that you believe in, and they’re also a fun way to meet new people and get exercise. Signing up for one a few months in advance gives you a chance to work your body up towards the challenge, and at the end you’ll be amazed at what you were able to accomplish, and what the charity itself was able to achieve with your help.
And if walks/runs are really not your speed, you can still cheer on friends and family who do paritcipate, by wearing awareness ribbons yourself, and sharing them with others to spread the word.
No matter how you participate, the act of involving yourself at all is a great idea. So check out the awareness walks going on in your area this month, join in with awareness ribbons, and get moving!