27 Jun 2022 1:35 PM | Anonymous

Lupus Warriors, Volunteers and Supporters went all out to Make Lupus Visible for the 19th worldwide observation of World Lupus Day on May 10, 2022 – from MAKE STRIDES walks across the island, to fundraising, media interviews and articles and creative pieces, to a Free Health Fair and live radio broadcast engaging government officials and our newest member, Miss Jamaica World. 

The enthusiasm and spirit displayed by the Jamaican lupus community caught the attention of World Lupus Federation officials working to raise momentum for the World Lupus Day observation in the wake of covid-19 restrictions.

In an email on June 13, Mike Donnelly, Vice President of Communications World Lupus Federation/Lupus Foundation of America, and coordinator of the event, commended the efforts and impact:  “Thank you so much for all of the hard work from the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica team for World Lupus Day. We really appreciate your support …. your organization was one of the most active partners amplifying the “make lupus visible” theme during your events and social media posts… thank you!

In case you didn’t see, The Federation posted a video montage of photos a few days after World Lupus Day

Monique Pryce, a brand new member and volunteer, jumped on board by invitation of a friend just in time to lead the Social Media campaign effort, along with veteran graphics volunteer Georgia Johnson.  In spite of the short timeline, she found the experience and enjoyable and inspiring one and saw the impact of her efforts.  “We engaged with our community through direct messages from lupus warriors and family/friends of warriors. They sought advice ranging from managing the illness to joining the Lupus Foundation. Others commented to congratulate the Foundation on its impact on warriors being supported.

“Our content also included Instagram and Facebook stories. The execution of our campaign led to an increase of approximately 30 new followers on Instagram and increased interaction on LinkedIn and Facebook.”

Special thanks for all who participated – volunteered, joined a walk, wore purple, donated, shared with a friend:  You helped us make the effort a success!

Do you still have photo or story of your own from World Lupus Day?  Go ahead and share or tag us!

Give your support!  Volunteer your time and skills for our Communications team, or make sure to like, follow and subscribe to our social media pages and invite a friend:  Facebook | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn .  Let’s join together to fight Lupus!

Miss Jamaica World Khalia Hall to join with Government and Medical Societies to support World Lupus Day Observance

Khalia Hall, the reigning Miss Jamaica World, is demonstrating the philosophy of Beauty with a Purpose as she lends her time and influence to the cause of Lupus Awareness.

Miss Jamaica World is one of several well-known personalities that have endorsed the efforts of the Foundation over the years to promote awareness about Lupus.  “I feel grateful to be able to use my platform as Miss Jamaica World to help the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica to raise awareness around this debilitating disease.” 

On May 10, Lupus Foundation of Jamaica will be joining in with lupus groups across the world in observance of  World Lupus Day 2022 under their own theme LUPUS LEVEL UP: Make Lupus Visible.  According to Dr Desiree Tulloch-Reid, President, the campaign will have an Island wide reach through media interviews and promotions, poster displays, a social media campaign and Awareness walks dubbed “Make Strides for Lupus” across the Island and will culminate in a World Lupus Day Ceremony and mini-health fair at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, on May 10, 2022.  “We will be engaging all our members, supporters, media partners, Government, community organisations, the public at large and all our online and social media to increase awareness of lupus, specifically this year emphasising the impact of lupus on the body’s organs.”  

Ms Hall will be supporting the LUPUS LEVEL Up campaign by a video endorsement for social media and being photographed in the purple T-shirt bearing the Campaign theme.  She will also attend the Foundation’s key event, a free mini-health fair at Emancipation Park, and take part in an official Opening Ceremony at 12:00 pm in tandem with the  Minister of State in the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Hon Juliette Cuthbert-Flynn who will declare the event open.

Also present at the free event at Emacipation Park will be representatives of several health Professional Associations including Medical Association of Jamaica, Dermatology Association of Jamica, Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and Jamaica Physiotherapy Association as well as Mandeville Regional Hospital Nephrology Unit, who will interact with the public and provide health talks and demonstrations.  National Health Fund will provide free health screening in tandem with the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.  A live broadcast on Riddim FM 102 with host Vernon Derby will also feature conversations with health professionals, volunteers and persons living with Lupus, as well as reports from participants in awareness walks and other activities across the Island.

The public is invited to wear purple on Tuesday May 10 in solidarity, to participate in local activities and make donations to the Foundation towards support services for persons with Lupus. Further information is available at the Foundation’s website or by contacting 8767548458.

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