Everyone can do something
There are many ways you can help JAFA to help children and young people with arthritis. Everyone can do something.
JAFA needs funds so it can advocate for medical research and run its programs. So we
are always very grateful for donations.
But there are other ways of helping too. For example, talking to other people about juvenile arthritis can help to spread awareness.
Writing to your local Member of Parliament to advocate for better services can also help.
Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common serious chronic childhood diseases, yet it is under-recognised and under-funded. Here are three things that anyone can do to help us raise awareness about juvenile arthritis:
Ask your GP about juvenile arthritis. Ask your MP or make a call to talk back radio.
Ask why awareness is so low and why we don’t have better services for the up to 10,000 kids in Australia who have juvenile arthritis.
Write about it
Write about juvenile arthritis on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn; or write a blog.
Write a short story about your child’s journey and try to get it published in a magazine, newsletter or local paper.
Talk about it to people you know.
Just talking about juvenile arthritis to friends, neighbours, teachers and work colleagues helps to spread more awareness.