In the past few years, several organization have decided to promote (to let people know about, to advertise) their cause (some issue or problem they want to solve) by using bracelets, a thin piece of plastic, metal, or other material that you wear around your wrist (where your arm is attached to your hand). These bracelets are often sold to raise money for these organizations and causes, and to let other people know about them.
I think the first one I remember seeing was a yellow “LiveStrong” bracelet that was to support the fight against cancer. This was started back in 2004 by Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist (someone who races bicycles) who won the Tour de France. Now every group is making its own bracelet, each with a different color. Here are some of the colors that you will see people in the US wearing and what cause or organization they support. Notice that some colors are used by several different causes, but many are related to some disease people are trying to cure or prevent:
- Green – kidney (part of your body that cleans your blood) disease, but also muscular dystrophy and the crisis in Darfur, in Africa.
- Purple – Alzheimer’s disease, lupus
- Orange – multiple sclerosis
- Blue- Crohn’s disease, autism, stopping childhood bullying (when children make fun of or threaten each other)
- White – poverty
- Red – diabetes, AIDS
Although the popularity of colored bracelets is a recent phenomenon (happening, situation), bracelets originally became popular back in the 1970s and 1980s to show support for soldiers who had died in a war or were prisoners of war (POWs), and are still worn for that reason as well. These are usually black or made of stainless steel.
Are bracelets like these popular where you live? Do you wear one?