The Get A–Head social media silence is taking place on the 16th September, where we, and a whole host of businesses and individuals, will not be posting on social media for a whole 24 hours.
The idea for the social silence was inspired by the story of Alice Bridge. In November 2014, Alice took part in a one day sponsored silence to raise money in memory of her family friend, Anne, who died of the rare form of Head & Neck Cancer, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC).
Alice raised £300 for Get A-Head, the charity were so impressed by her story that she is now fronting Get A-Head social media campaign – the social media silence.
On the 16th September, Get A-Head would like to encourage people not to post on social media for 24 hours – using the hashtag #GAHSocialSilence to indicate you will not be posting on the day.
The social silence will help to raise awareness of the damaging effects of head and neck diseases. Some individuals may suffer from difficulties speaking due to their voicebox being removed. Louise Newton, Charity Manager of Get A-Head, said this about why the social silence campaign will help raise awareness of individuals who suffer from head and neck diseases.
“In the work that we do, we see patients that lose their voice, which is just one of many devastating effects of head and neck cancer, which means their main means of communication is lost. Individuals who contribute to the one-day social media silence will gain an insight into what losing that ability to communicate can mean even for a short time.”
If you would like to get involved with the campaign, simply tweet that you will not be posting for 24 hours using the hash tag #GAHSocialSilence – #CharityUKNews will be involved, why don’t you join too!
Get A – Head have set up a fundraising text code for the campaign too, if you would like to donate. Just text SHHH24 £3 to 70070 to donate to Get A–Head.