Wednesdays are the best, because it's halfway to the weekend! I hope you are having a fantastic week so far.
The reason that I have been taking so long to write about this is really because I have mixed feelings about it.
The "GOOD"s :
- I had two very helpful young people to help me specifically for the Awareness corner. Their tasks were to tell visitors about the awareness of acceptance of people with learning difficulties, hand them a leaflet, and a silver ribbon in return for their signature to show support.
- Many people responded. The board that I made for the signatures was filled with signatures about 2-3hours after opening time. That was really fast.
- I intended to aim for 50 signatures and 50 ribbons to give out, but it turned out that I didn't have enough to give away! I had about 170 pins. And they were all gone.
- The 100pcs of leaflets were also all given away.
- About 30-40% of the people stopped to ask about the cause, listened and asked questions.
- The overall feedback was positive, and I am happy to see a few parents waiting in line, asking their children to sign and wear a ribbon as well.
A BIG THANK YOU
to all of you who signed to support the
Awareness of Acceptance of People with Learning Disabilities.
And now for the "NOT SO GOOD"s:
- I don't think I prepared my helpers well enough, because they started of by saying "please sign? yah just sign only"....which was very bad. My bad. And I had to quickly stop them from saying that and tell them that they had to explain before asking people to sign.
- I underestimated the number of leaflets to print, and ribbons to make.
- Some people were still wary of us wanting to collect monetary donations.
- I wonder about the other 60% or so of visitors who signed without asking any questions.Would they read the leaflet we gave out? Do they really know what the cause was? I can't say for sure, but I can only hope that they will read the leaflet and understand it.
So, it seems that the number of pro's are more than the con's, but to me the BAD's matter alot.
In retrospect, These are my thoughts:
Am I doing it the right way?
I realised I want to go for Quality and not Quantity, and that the number of signatures clearly does not make any accurate indication of people being made "aware".
I don't want to be seen as a signature 'collector' who is doing 'charity'. Because that's not what its all about. Its about the cause, its about learning about accepting people with learning difficulties. And if the people whom we approached didn't know what they were signing for, it is a FAIL.
And I am sad and upset by the thought that most people really weren't given a good explanation of what they were signing for.
So my approach has major problems that needs to be attended to.
- Perhaps low traffic events are a better place to hold these Projects? Since I think I would have more time to explain and answer any questions people had to ask.
- Another big question would be "Should I set aside certain events, to purely set up a booth especially for awareness?" Which means that I will not be selling anything on these events, just 100% awareness.
As for those who didn't make it, or didn't get my leaflet, here it is.
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*if you wish to use it, please WRITE TO ME PERSONALLY TO ASK FOR PERMISSION, thanks in advance =)