As a blend of red and yellow, orange represents energy, happiness, joy, creativity, change, health, freedom and a sense of fun. The compassion, passion and warmth that come with orange can represent stimulated mental activity, decision-making, and understanding. Orange awareness ribbons are most often associated with hunger or malnutrition, melanoma and motorcycle safety.
Hunger may be something that we think is happening in “some other country”, but the reality is that one in seven Americans are struggling with hunger. Several active organizations including Feeding America bring heightened awareness and fundraising to this difficult topic, and focus on creating a lasting impact on hunger. Supporters are encouraged to organize community events, share information about hunger-related issues, and let people know ways that they can donate and make a difference.
Melanoma is a deadly but treatable form of cancer that nearly 140,000 people in America are diagnosed with each year. When caught early, melanoma can be treated with a simple surgery, but spreads to bodily organs and can be deadly if allowed to continue unchecked. Awareness campaigns seek to encourage people to “get naked” and perform self-diagnosis on a monthly basis to catch problems before they progress.
Motorcycle safety awareness campaigns encourage readers to “Share the Road” with motorcyclists, who can often get pushed off the road due to negligence on the part of other drivers or because their vehicles are not as visible. All drivers are encouraged to stay alert and on the watch for two-wheeled drivers.
Orange ribbons are used to raise awareness of the following:
Orange awareness ribbon bracelets, key chains and necklaces can help continue the conversation about these and other important topics. Have your item personalized with several lines of engraving to make the conversation personal or to say “thank you” to donors or volunteers.