As The Campaign Reaches It’s Late Stages

We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has supplied us with photos and news of what they’ve been up to…we’ve been quite staggered by the amount of activity. Thank you, one and all.

As we move into the late stages of the campaign the PuckerUp4PH campaign team, led by Paul Pennington & Elizabeth Hinchey, would like to pay tribute to the PHA-UK trustees and all the PHA-UK staff and members for their support throughout the lifecycle of this intiaitive. We’ll have more on the campaign in the Xmas edition of the PHA-UK radio show ‘EmPHAsis On Air’, including the estimate, ahead of the official count, of just how many blue kisses we will/have recieved. (You can listen in via the PHA-UK website www.phassociation.uk.com from the 5th of December)

A big thank you also to United Therapeutics, Pfizer, Actelion & Bayer for their two year Global support of the PuckerUp4PH campaign made available via unrestricted educational grants , and to GSK for their contribution in Europe. Further grateful thanks to Bayer for funding the printing and dissemination of campaign materials (in 10 languages) across the Globe and to their regional offices for being supportive of all the participating association’s events & initiatives.

Around the World..

Puerto Rico, we salute you!! Luz Batista Santiago, who generously donated her lips to form the Blue Lip logo used this year has led from the front. Her group alone will have generated a quarter of the lip prints needed to break the World record. Our thanks to everyone in Puerto Rico for their support and hard work. Congratulations also to the other Puerto Rican group led by Mrs Mineliz Colon. To hear of the signifcant impact this campaign has had in raising understanding of the condition in your part of the world and beyond by both groups is truly fantastic.

Thank you New Zealand for your 960 kisses and all that you’ve done to get more poeple to be PH aware.

We’re grateful to our friends in Singapore, who have completed collecting kisses from 3 other major centres, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the National Heart Centre at the Singapore General Hospital & National University Hospital. The last roadshow on the 4th November 2010 rounded up their PuckerUp4PH Singapore campaign. A big thank you to everyone who took part, to the hospitals and health care professionals who showed their support and to Bayer’s representatives who did so much to support the initiatives locally.

A huge thank you to our PHriends in Israel, who certainly set a high bar in the early stages of the campaign and whose creative use of the blue lip ‘logo was an interesting talking point across the World.  They and we would like to send our grateful thanks to Neopharm for their support of all the Israeli activities.

Congratulations to all the participating groups across Canada who look like delivering three to four times more kisses than was first expected, so many great individual and group efforts to raise awareness of PH and contribute to the World record attempt. Attendees of the first ever Ottawa support group meeting at the Ottawa Heart Institute as well as other heart institute staff and visitors participated in puckering up before their meeting (103 kisses) Jo-Anne Mainwood collected an additional 530 kisses from Trillium Elementary School, Orleans Ontario where she teaches and another from St Peter Catholic High School in Orleans, Ontario. She’s on her way to contributing well over 1000 blue kisses. 

Thank you to all at Germany’s – Pulmonale Hypertonie EV for their support from the start of the campaign. Through several events and patient meetings they’ve delivered far more kisses than expected. Bayer,once again have been particularly active and supportive there.

Although relative late comers to the campaign, the Spanish involvement in the PuckerUpPH has been immense, truly amazign and are giving Puerto Rico a run for who will contribute the most blue kisses and PH awareness  with so many people and organisations getting behind what we are collectively seeking to acheive, for instance the chain of supermarkets DIA, delivered information and material between its employees around Spain and many of them participated weighing in with over 3000 kisses.

Central and Southern America have really embraced the Blue Lip logo and PH awareness raising scheme , extensive media coverage and a huge number of  small and large events they even have a Blue Kiss song! Special thanks to the PH Latin Society and once again to Bayer’s representatives for all your involvement.

In Mexico, despite not being able to be involved in the campaign until late on, after problems with local customs significantly delayed the release of their kiss collecting & awareness swelling materials, they have gone about their task with great gusto. We salute everyone whose done so much to make this initiative a success there. We are only just starting to learn of how many kisses have been collected..the only one word we can find to summarise our feelings..is ‘wow’ !! 

In the US, so many support groups, church organisations, schools, universities and individual efforts doing what they can (Christine Dickler from PHA in the US will be a guest on the forthcoming PHA-UK radio show, available via the phassociation.uk.com wesbite from the 5th of December discussing the impact of the PuckerUp4PH campaign there and across the planet) thank you one and all for all that you’ve done. Here’s just a small sample of the activities we know of: Childrens Day at the Louisiana Pecan Festival saw a Pucker Up Booth thanks to Regina Maddox. Ashley Orr has been busy not only getting her college, University of Alabama, involved, but also another, University of Alabama Birmingham. She firmly believes she will surpass her goal of 600 kisses and huge amounts of PH awareness, very easily. Young PH-er Maddie Bonpin celebrated her 5th birthday this week and 33 friends combined celebrating this lovely little girls life and PH awareness month by puckering up! Congratulations to Lauren Johnson who tells us she’s had a real blast encouraging people at her school (Carl Albert High in Mid West City)  and others to get involved. She’s well on her way to making a significant contribution to our record attempt, more important of course is the numbers of people who now know about PH and fully understand what she lives with. Such an inspiring young woman,one of many folk in US we’ve become friends with, who like their PHriends around the World we respect and admire.

Our thanks to Novartis in East Hanover – Volunteers set-up booths outside the 3 main cafeterias for 3 hours on the Novartis Pharmaceuticals East Hanover NJ campus and collected blue lip prints from participants, we understand colleagues in Switzerland and the UK got involved also.

PHA-Australia have been hard at work getting the good folk of their country  involved and interested in the campaign, we’d particularly like to thank PHA-A president Joan Godber and all the group’s members for their fantastic support. A special mention for Bayer and Pfizer for their local support of PHA-A activities in PH awareness month.

We’d like to thank all our Irish friends, Norwegian, Polish and South African Phriends for your involvement. We look forward to hearing your news soon.

Hello to everyone in Afghanistan and Bosnia Herzegovina for their contribution to boosting knowledge and understanding of PH as well as the kisses you’ve contributed to the World record attempt.  (A special hello to Emina Hadzihasanovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina thank you and your friends for your 43 blue lip prints, we will not be updating the blue lip tally on the home page, but we will keep you up to date and all our other followers around the world with all the latest news on Blue Lip print collecting via this PuckerUp4PH blog and of course our facebook page. Once all prints are gathered and verified we will announce the final tally for each nation in the 2010 campaign.)

In Italy, congratulations to one and all who got involved. Hello to AMIP member Silvia Veccholi who had a gazebo dedicated to PH at a “antiques market” that is held in Ostia Lido, a little town near Rome. She handed out our leaflets, spoke about her experience with the illness and collected many blue kisses.

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