There is a wonderful woman I know who volunteers her time for the non-profit organization Bras for the Cause. It’s a great organization that raises money through a breast cancer walk, it’s a worthy cause and anyone can register to walk. She asked the other night at a networking mixer if I had any awareness ribbon jewelry. I sell both the Reflection Beads collection and the Stackable Expressions stacking rings. I saw that the Reflection Beads had pretty pink dangles; they came in sterling silver with pink crystals, sterling silver with pink enamel and gold plate with pink enamel. I was shocked that the pink, or breast cancer awareness, was the only color available in the Reflection Beads collection.
I did some looking around through the Stackable Expressions and found a rainbow of colors for their awareness ribbon rings. I also learned that apparently each color can signify more than one cause. I noticed that the red awareness ribbon can represent HIV/AIDS, MADD or DARE organizations. The green enamel can signify missing children as well as recycling and green awareness. I understand the green for recycling and the environment but not so sure how green came to represent missing children. Another popular color is the yellow ribbon. This has represented support for our troops. It was made popular by the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. The practice goes back further and John Wayne made a movie called “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” which referenced women who wore yellow ribbon in their hair or around their necks to signify their devotion to a husband or boyfriend serving in the Calvary.
There are so many worthy causes and such interesting way to help support these organizations. Ribbon awareness jewelry is just another way to show your support for your local cause or just a cause that is close to your heart. So for all those women who want to devote a little time, have some fun and participate in a worthy cause, join in the walk for breast cancer, every dollar raised will help local organization for research and low cost screenings. You can register or find out more information at www.trivalleysocks.org for their annual walk on May 12th in downtown Pleasanton. Bras for a Cause is a little different in that they encourage wearing your underwear on the outside during the walk. The bra should of course be blinged out. It’s a worthy cause and I hope to see you there.