6 Ways for Raising Awareness & Funds

Up to 30,000 Canadians are believed to be affected by pulmonary fibrosis (PF), with about 6,000 new cases being reported every year in Canada. Currently, the two treatments options available only offer the possibility of slowing down the progress of this incurable disease.

 

These facts show the importance of raising awareness and funds for PF, so we may find a cure for it sooner rather than later. Here are some ways you can help.

 

  1. Social Media

We as a society are constantly on the go, and social media is right there with us. By interacting with PF related content, by liking, sharing, commenting and/or using hashtags, you increase the chances that people on your friend list will also see it. The same principle applies to their friend list if they also choose to interact with the content.

It’s simple math: the more people interact with the content, the more people will see it.

 

  1. Become An Advocate

Becoming an advocate is something you can do on behalf of the PF community. Those who want to volunteer or give their time and voice to the cause have a variety of platforms to share their journey within the broader ecosystem.

Advocacy comes in many forms, from donations to a loud voice. There is no right or wrong way to care. Depending on your personal connection to the cause, never be afraid to take action at events: stand with signs or recruit petition signatures that will go to congress or local legislation.

The more voices there are, the sooner PF will be noticed and taken more seriously by community leaders.

 

  1. Start Your Own Fundraiser

If you decide to become an advocate who shares their journey, you could take this opportunity to set up your own fundraiser. One way to go about this is by setting it up on an anniversary, such as a birthday.

If you would like us to create a personalized donation form for you, email us at info@cpff.ca.

 

  1. Awareness Month

September is the Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. There are plenty of ways to get involved with the CPFF and our Community during this time. In the past, we have done the Hope Breathes Here walk, educational webinars and virtual activities.

Make sure to get involved and to encourage your friends and family to do so as well.

 

  1. Matching Opportunities

Corporate matching gifts are a type of philanthropy in which companies of all sizes financially match donations that their employees make to nonprofit and charitable organizations. This is the most common matching opportunity out there.

Most employees are however unaware of their company’s matching program and the vast majority do not take advantage of it. Next time you plan to make a donation, make sure to ask your employer if they offer gift matching; it’s an easy way to multiply the impact of your gift.

 

  1. Create A Challenge

We’ve already witnessed the power of challenges going viral. In 2014, one small challenge, the Ice Bucket Challenge, was introduced to the world. Over the course of less than two months, 17 million people dumped buckets of icy cold water over their heads and roughly 2.5 million people donated more than 115 million dollars to be used in research for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

That being said, while it doesn’t hurt to try, keep in mind that it is not often that challenges go viral.

There are also other simple, yet effective ways to raise awareness and funds through challenges, such as:

  • A local walk/run where all proceeds are donated to a PF foundation.
  • A polar bear plunge where participants gather sponsors for the big dive and afterwards warm up with blankets and hot beverages.
  • A chili cookoff where you can make a fun afternoon of friendly competition in your workplace or neighborhood.