Ring of Yellow Heart - The event is to give Yellow Heart hosts encouragement and hope in their cancer treatment journey. It is also reminder that where ever the children are, lots of people around the world are thinking of them.
Monty’s yellow heart will be travelling around the world in 365 days. The Yellow Heart will be passed from one child to another within the same and different countries while forming a “good luck” ring.
This is not a fundraising event. This is not an awareness campaign. The Ring of Yellow Heart event is a very big event to give children encouragement and hope, and to form a ring of support around the world. It is big not because of its number of participants, it is big because of diversity of its participants.
Once the Yellow Heart ends its journey, we will do a balloon race with the names of all the children who participated in the event. The winner and three runner ups will receive special prizes.
When you receive the Yellow Heart, allow children to hold it and wear it. It is up to you how you want to handle it. Locations where there are many children may have different practical ideas than the ones with fewer children.
Your event starts when you received the Yellow Heart.
What happens in the event?
The event has three simple principles:
- Something to Keep
- Something to Do
- Something to Give
Something to Keep
Keepsakes are “Something to Keep”. Every participating child will get a keepsake bag. Each bag contains 1) one pin badge, 2) one key ring, 3) one yellow heart shaped balloon and 4) two sets of stickers
Something to Do
Collective Story Writing is “Something to Do”. Mike Maynard from England who writes comedy adventures generously shared his characters from his book with Monty’s Corner. Mike described his characters meeting Monty the monkey in a jungle and starting an adventure together.
Read the introduction of the story in English and in Spanish and follow the instructions.
Mike wants all participating children to contribute to the adventure story.
If you need more story sheets, you can download them here as many as you want. Download story sheet
Once you finish the story, insert the parchment paper into its pocket and put it back into the story folder.
If you are making a drawing, then please use a blank white sheet of paper so that it can look good when scanned electronically.
The introduction and instructions (both the English and Spanish versions) are in the story folder. They can be photocopied for each child or downloaded here (download English version, download Spanish version).
At the end, we will see what kind of story will emerge from this exciting work. We will compile all the contributions and make them available online.
Please send us some sample stories via email or fax (fax number is to be provided upon request). We would like to read some of the stories in our upcoming videos.
Something to Give
A Poster or a giant postcard is “Something to Give”. This is an activity that the children are invited to do for other children in the next centre. So, the children in the next centre can see who is sending them best wishes and good lucks.
Remember to take photos of your work and send them to us. Alternatively you can upload them yourself on to the Facebook – Yellow Heart event page.
Video and Photos
Please take as many photos as you like. If you can make a video, perhaps with your camera or mobile phone please do so. We would like to see photos and videos while the Yellow Heart is visiting you.
- If you have a Facebook page, become a fan of the Yellow Heart event. Then go to the events section, find your country and start uploading photos and videos.
- If you prefer to upload photos and video to your own Facebook page then put links in the event page so we know where they are.
- If you only have a website elsewhere, then upload everything there but please email (email@example.com) us the links so we know where they are. Remember to add your name and location in the email.
- If you don’t have Facebook page or a website, don’t worry, just email (firstname.lastname@example.org) us the photos and/or videos so that we’ll upload them for you.
Balloon Race in 2011
Once you finish your story REMEMBER to write down your details on the story sheet - your name, location, age and your pirate name.
We will use your details to enter you in the balloon race.
In the race, the balloon travels the furthest wins a prize. There runner ups also win prizes. The finders of the balloons also get some prizes.
Prizes are a surprise.
Keepsakes are sent from London to the participating locations. To be on the safe side, we suggest you to wipe the bags with alcohol before giving them children. If the children are in isolation rooms, please wipe them more than once.
The Yellow Heart and the story folder will be travelling by post from one location to another. Again, we suggest you to wipe those with alcohol as well, when you receive them and before you send them further.
When you post the Yellow Heart and the story folder to the next participating location, use the same envelope it came in. We like to recycle.
We will provide you the address of the next location. If you experience any difficulties with the postal costs, please let us know immediately so that we can make arrangements for you.
You will also need to send the race balloons to London. Please remember to collect all the balloons with names in them to ensure that all participating child enters the race.
BIG THANK YOU
We would like to thank all our volunteers who worked hard to make this event possible.
Steve Wickstead – graphics designer from London, England
Deb Tremper – graphics designer from Virginia, United States
Joe Ryder – eBusiness coach from Oregon United States
Mike Maynard – comedy adventure writer from Wiltshire, England
Clothilde Cortez – Spanish teacher from England
Nandini Venkateswaran –our Event Manager from Pennsylvania United States
We would also like to thank all the participating locations and individuals who registered through the website. Without you, there would not be an event. Thank you all! Good Luck!
Where did this idea come from?
Two totally unrelated events inspired this idea.
Two fantastic girls used to pass each other a stone pendant while they were staying in the hospital, particularly before the big events like surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. They were not able to interact with each other very often but this way they were thinking of each other and wishing each other "good luck!"
One day a little boy had a long home break after finishing his chemotherapy. When he went home he found a card sent by someone he did not know. The sender of the card was working for the charity nearby but she had no relation to this boy. She thought that it might be a nice surprise to him because she knew that this little boy suffered a lot. The little boy loved the card and hung it on his wall, in a place he could easily see from his bed. He though “a stranger is thinking of me. I am so lucky and famous.”
When we heard these two stories, the idea was formed. We did not think twice - this is what we needed to do.
If you have further inquiries or wish to find out how you can participate please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing to email@example.com
We need sponsors for this event. If you can sponsor us please contact us
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