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PINS Awareness Week
Pelvic Instability Network Scotland will be
holding it’s first annual PINS Awareness
Week from 5th to 11th October 2009.
This is an ideal opportunity for all our
members, supporters and friends to help us
increase awareness of Pelvic Girdle Pain
(PGP) across the UK (and the world), raise
the profile of PINS and boost our funds at the
The more we can all do during PINS
Awareness Week, the more members we’ll
gain and funds we’ll raise, the more the
health profession will listen to us and the
stronger our voice will be, now and in the
Plans so far
Our Chairman, Moira, along with other
Committee members Avril, Lesley and Ailsa
will be holding a fundraising evening in St
Blaan’s Hall, Southend, Argyll during that
week. Further details to follow.
Our Membership Secretary, Carole, will be
undertaking a sponsored walk in the
Edinburgh area. She has just come off
crutches, so the distance is still to be
Both of these events will raise awareness of
PGP and PINS amongst our local
and charge per cup – they could even
make the coffee themselves!
• if you have kids, get them to do a
sponsored silence and you join in too
• don’t buy take-away coffee this week
and donate the money saved to PINS
• if you are creative, hold a sponsored
knit-a-thon, or something similar
• clear out some junk, if you can, and
sell it on ebay, or do a boot sale
• do a sponsored walk, bike ride, swim
• write to your local MP or MSP about
• write to your local hospital or health
board if you feel there are aspects of
your care that could have been
• put up a PINS poster in your GPs
surgery or local medical centre
• hand out some PINS leaflets to friends
and work colleagues
We can provide PINS sponsorship forms and
T-Shirts for anyone who needs them and, of
course, posters and leaflets – just ask.
What happens next?
As PGP can be such an isolating condition,
we hope that by all doing something in the
same week, this will help reduce the feelings
of isolation and, often, helplessness that
many of our members feel.
We will be updating this page regularly with more information about our Awareness Weeks and if you have any comments or suggestions we would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PINS first birthday
by Moira Finlayson - 13:00 on 02 November 2008
It is just over a year since PINS was formed and how the time has flown.
Our website has been up and running since the end of April and we are receiving an increasing number of visitors and enquiries through the site from the UK and from further afield including the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Cyprus.
We are starting to market the website more formally and over the next 6 months will be aiming to reach more people with Pelvic Girdle Pain/Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD).
We have been asked to write articles for pregnancy magazines and journals and are currently working on an information booklet about Pelvic Girdle Pain.
We are pleased to welcome two new committee members and our next fund raising event will be a Christmas Fun Afternoon in St Blaan's Hall on Saturday 29th November from 2pm until 4pm. We are planning to have craft activities for children including making Christmas Cards and decorating biscuits as well as a chocolate fountain (by popular request), home baking stall, virgin Vie Stall,raffle, bottle stall and teas, coffees and mince pies.
All offers of help on the day or for donations to the stalls will be gratefully appreciated.
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