Monthly Archives: November 2011

Wristbands Help Support Kenya

In an effort to raise funds for a Kenyan nonprofit organization, freshmen at the University of Wyoming are selling silicone wristbands .
The University of Wyoming , according to their news site, reports: “Freshmen students in a University of Wyoming Synergy Program class will sell silicone bracelets from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Wyoming Union to raise money for a Kenyan nonprofit organization’s (NPO) grassroots programs.
Kenyan Organization Wristband
The class instructor, Gatua wa Mbugwa, says the UW fundraising project for the NPO was begun by last year’s freshmen students in the class. The bracelets come in three colors: blue, yellow and green and are all inscribed with the words “Helping Save Kenya.”
The Kenyan NPO manages a grassroots research and training program in conservation agriculture for farmers, an adult literacy education program, a self-help farmers’ economic improvement program and an after-school program that gives needy elementary school children access to books and other literacy materials.
Synergy is a nationally acclaimed learning community for first-year students that provides a challenging set of courses in a supportive environment.
The “Images of a Continent, Old and New: Exploring African Cultures” Synergy course explores U.S. and global impacts of African diverse cultures and history. Students examine issues and impacts of African writing and literature, music, agriculture, politics, religion, medicine and education.”
What kinds of college activities have you been involved in to support causes?

Bracelets Send Message about Sex Trafficking

In an interesting editorial, one writer talks about the rubber wristband phenomenon to raise awareness. Despite how many bracelets are out there, he says, wristbands are still sending powerful messages and continue to spread the word.
This report comes from The Daily Princetonian : “When I came across Princeton Against Sex Trafficking selling red bracelets in the Frist Campus Center, I couldn’t help but think the campaign was outdated. LIVESTRONG has sold over 80 million wristbands on behalf of cancer awareness since 2004, but after hundreds of spinoffs of every slogan and color, it seems we are only raising awareness of our own social consciousness. My silicone wristbands quickly piled up, eventually packed away in a drawer somewhere next to my sister’s old scrunchies. But PAST and the bracelets they sell are different.
Sex Trafficking Wristband
Rafael Grillo ’14 started PAST last April with the mission of educating Princeton students about sex trafficking and getting students engaged with nongovernmental orginizations and other charities working on the issue. The bracelet sale is the group’s first campaign, which will be followed by a screening of the documentary “Very Young Girls.” Additionally, a presentation by the director of Apne Aap, one of the main U.S.-based organizations fighting sex trafficking, will be held next week.
My red bracelet traveled a long way before Grillo tied the strings around my wrist. The bracelets are handmade by Nepalese women and girls at a safe house near the Indian border. The safe house is a temporary home for girls either rescued from sex traffickers or girls who have nowhere else to turn. The bracelets are distributed in the United States by the Red Threads Movement, a student-run charity affiliated with Eternal Threads, a Texas-based non-profit that supports impoverished women throughout the world by selling their products in the United States. Eternal Threads buys each bracelet for 66 cents; after transportation and yarn costs, the girls make 50 cents in profit, well above the minimum wage in Nepal. (All of Eternal Threads’ products are “Fair Trade” certified). The bracelets are then sold in the United States for $3; profits made in the United States go directly to the funding of the safe house and anti-trafficking border units.”
What kinds of messages would you send if you were to create a rubber wristband campaign?

Wristbands Sold to Support Japan

After an earthquake and tsunami that rocked a nation this past summer, cities continue to regroup. Organizations across the world have joined together to raise money for communities in Japan that still have need. The Stamp Rally campaign sold rubber wristbands .
As reported in the Saipan Tribune : “The Stamp Rally campaign No. 12 of PDM Promoters, Inc. sold a total of 1,114 wristbands in efforts to raise funds to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March.

The fundraising efforts, which ran from July 1 to Sept. 30, involved the sale of silicone wristbands bearing the Saipanda logo, the words “Saipan, Tinian, Rota,” and the message “Pray for Japan” in 12 distribution centers: Aglaia Restaurant, Ananas, Country House Restaurant, Crazy Toy, Furusato Restaurant, Kinpachi Restaurant, Convenience Kinpachi, Lavi Duty Free, Moby Dick Restaurant, PDI, Tony Roma’s, and Capricciosa.
Japan Silicone Wristband

Sonia Siwa of PDM Promoters, Inc. said that the Stamp Rally Campaign is held twice a year during summer from July to September and winter from December to April.

The campaign gives shoppers on Saipan a chance to earn one stamp for every $1 purchase at any of the 12 distribution centers. Earned stamps entitle the shoppers to exchange them for any Saipanda souvenir item available at Kinpachi Restaurant in Garapan.

Siwa disclosed that they thought of merging campaign No. 12 with the selling of the wristbands, sold for $3 each, to raise funds for the Japan disaster victims.

About 4,500 wristbands were available for sale during the campaign, she said.

The fundraising event collected a total of $3,342, which was handed by Misako Kamata, Keiko Kamata, and Yoshiko Toyokawa of Kinpachi Restaurant and Hideaki Sawada of Furusato Restaurant to Japan Consul Tsutomu Higuchi at the Consulate on Monday.”
Have you been able to support a similar cause by purchasing rubber wristbands?

Arena Named for Rubber Wristband in Need of New Name?

If you follow the NBA closely, you are probably aware that, not too long ago, the Sacramento Kings organization changed their arena name to taut rubber wristbands phenom company PowerBalance. Amidst all the lawsuits, however, the company that rose quickly looks to fall even faster.
The Sacramento Bee reports: “Power Balance, the company whose name is emblazoned on the Sacramento Kings’ arena, has filed for bankruptcy protection and could be forced to repay tens of millions of dollars to customers who bought its popular silicone bracelets.
It’s not clear what impact the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization filing will have on the Kings or their quest for a new arena, but the news comes at a bad time for the team, which has been idled by an unpopular NBA lockout.
A list of Power Balance debts filed with the bankruptcy court includes $100,000 owed to the Kings. The team is listed as an unsecured creditor, meaning it will take a back seat to secured creditors in recovering any money owed by Power Balance.
Power Balance Pavilion
Officials with both the company and the Kings said Monday that they expect to continue their business partnership. The financial terms of Power Balance’s five-year deal with the Kings have not been released.
“It is business as usual, and Power Balance continues to be a happy supporter of the Kings and the Sacramento community,” Power Balance spokesman Jason Damata said.”
Will the arena’s name be changing soon?

Kobe Bryant Out $400K

A few days ago we reported the crumbling PowerBalance company, hanging on after numerous lawsuits. A new report from Lakernation is confirming that Kobe Bryant won’t be getting that $400,000 paycheck from them he expected for wearing those rubber wristbands .
On LakerNation.com , we get this update: “Kobe Bryant is set to make $28 million in off the court endorsements this year.
He may lose out on $400K of that, according to SportingNews.com:
Lakers star Kobe Bryant is among the largest creditors of Power Balance, the maker of what the company claims to be performance-enhancing wristbands that recently filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court, as he is owed $400,000 for his endorsement.
Kobe Bryant PowerBalance Wristband
Other athletes on the list of creditors include Clippers forward Blake Griffin ($20,000) and skateboarder Ryan Sheckler ($25,000). The L.A. Kings and Sacramento Kings are owed $250,000 and $100,000, respectively.
Lakers Lamar Odom was also named as an investor/creditor, and was used on the companys website for marketing purposes.
If and when the season starts reports suggest that the Sacramento Kings arena will still be called “Power Balance Arena”.

Camouflaged Wristband for Soldiers

A mother of a soldier in England made sure that her son’s regiment has the money it needs. Fundraising with camouflaged rubber wristband , she raised over 2,000 Euro.
This story comes from the Pocklington Post : “THE MOTHER of a serving soldier in Afghanistan has expressed delight after handing over £2,000 to her son’s regiment.
Camouflage Silicone Bracelet
Lorrain Brown began fundraising for the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in September when the troop was deployed to Helmand Province for a six-month tour of duty. Her son, 20-year-old Private Jamie Mumby from Darley Dale, is fulfilling his boyhood dream by serving as a soldier on the frontline.
With the help of her colleagues at Derbyshire Dales District Council, Lorrain pulled in the pounds by selling camouflaged-coloured rubber wristbands bearing the regiment’s motto, ‘Stand Firm, Strike Hard’, as well as holding a successful bric-a-brac stall at the Darley Dale Festival of Transport.
Every penny of the cash raised will go directly to helping those involved in the regiment, including the soldiers and their families.”
What kinds of fundraising do you think a rubber wristband would be good for?

Wristband Sends Christian Message

Pensive about the freedom he has to practice any religion he chooses, one reporter sports a rubber wristband claiming a Christian message that his Islamic friends wouldn’t have the right to wear.
As reported on Crosswalk.com : “Last month an American soldier coming home from Afghanistan was seated next to me on a flight. He saw my “One With Them” rubber barbed-wire wristband that I was wearing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who share our faith, but not our freedom. I explained that the wristband is being worn by thousands in support of persecuted Christians around the world.
One With Them Wristband
The soldier nodded as I spoke. He’d seen for himself during his tours of duty in Afghanistan that the country allowed no room for him to practice any faith but Islam. After the U.S. invasion, Afghan authorities added to the nation’s flag the Islamic creed: “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”
The U.S. State Department reports that in March 2010 Afghanistan’s lone church structure was razed by the property owner. Today no public churches remain in Afghanistan. In the decade since the U.S. invasion more than 1,700 American military personnel have died in this South Asian country. U.S. taxpayers have funded some $440 billion to establish the new Afghanistan. Yet, “the [Afghan] courts consider all citizens to be Muslims by default,” the State Department report said. “Conversion from Islam is considered apostasy and is punishable by death under some interpretations of Islamic law in the country.” Afghanistan’s media law prohibits publicizing and promoting religions other than Islam, the report said.”
Have you ever worn something to send a message you believed in?

Rubber Wristbands Not Allowed, Player Finds Alternate Way to Remember

For safety purposes, most basketball organizations do not allow jewelry to be worn during games, including rubber wristbands . One play, who typically honors his mother with a pink wristband is finding alternative ways of supporting her during games.
The Arizona Daily Star Star has recently reported this story. “During games, Kevin Parrom hasn’t been able to wear the pink rubber wristband for breast cancer that he normally wears, but he said he’ll come up with a way to honor his mother, Lisa Williams, tonight. He would not reveal it before the game, however.
The New York Post’s Lenn Robbins has some more detail about Parrom’s story, including how he rushed to the hospital when his mother stopped breathing during a trip home to identify the suspect, and that his older brother is incarcerated for narcotics possession.
Pink Rubber Bracelet
ESPN’s Dana O’Neil details the entire story on what Parrom has been through.”
What kinds of things do you do to honor those you love?

Personal Trainer, in a Wristband?

Well, it sounds nice to have our own personal trainer. Most of us need the encouragement and advice to keep us in good physical shape. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t willing to pay the high fees they usually require. A Bluetooth company, known as Jawbone, has developed a different kind of personal trainer, though, one in the form of a rubber wristband .
As reported by Economic Times , “Jawbone, the maker of sleek Bluetooth earpieces and colourful wireless portable speakers, now offers a product that monitors your activity and sleep, and, by confronting you with a visual record of your habits, inspires you to work harder.
This isn’t a new idea. The active ingredient is the same one found in gadgets like the Nike+iPod. If you conscientiously wear these devices, they work. The simple act of monitoring your own behavior inevitably encourages you — to climb more stairs, park farther away and bike instead of drive.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT
The Up bracelet tries to improve on earlier devices in two important ways. First, its textured rubber exterior, available in a variety of colours and wrist sizes, is waterproof up to three feet. You can wear the band 24/7, even when you swim or take a shower.
Second, the Up band uses an iPhone app as its brains and screen. Brilliant! You’re already carrying around a computer with a colourful touch screen; why shouldn’t it work with your glorified pedometer?
THE INNER WORKINGS
The band contains a metal spine; it’s flexible but always returns to its closed oval shape when you let go. On one end, there’s a clickable metal button and a couple of tiny indicator lights.
Jawbone Personal Trainer Wristband
On the other, a tiny removable cap conceals the Up’s connector to your iPhone: a headphone jack. Yes, that’s right: the Up band connects to your iPhone through its headphone jack. That’s both its most ingenious idea and its most idiotic.”
Do you think a rubber wristband could improve your health? Why or why not?

Wristband Company Learned from Steve Jobs

Every startup company has its history. One company, which has now sold millions of ear buds and is on the verge of announcing a new health monitor rubber wristband , learned how to succeed by being reprimanded from the late Steve Jobs.
According to SFGate.com : “Hosain Rahman met Steve Jobs in 2004; it did not go well.
Rahman’s 5-year-old startup, Aliph, was about to begin selling headsets for mobile phones, and one of his investors had arranged for him to show Jobs his first creation, a stylish earpiece connected to a phone with a thick cord.
Jobs hated it. In an hour-long session in Apple’s offices, Jobs intuitively exposed every shortcut the company had taken. “It was a shellacking,” Rahman said. “It was one of the most painful and formative experiences of my life.”
Rahman says that conversation was a turning point for the company now known as Jawbone. After that meeting, the San Francisco company began work on an updated device and has now sold 10 million Bluetooth earpieces, making it one of the largest makers of headsets in the world.
Jawbone Rubber Wristband
Jawbone also has begun positioning itself in a very Apple-like way, as a maker of consumer products that combine intricately designed hardware and easy-to-use software. Last year, Jawbone introduced a well-regarded wireless speaker, called the Jambox. And on Sunday it will begin selling UP, a sensor-laden wristband that connects wirelessly to a mobile phone and tracks elements of the wearer’s health, such as sleep patterns and physical activity.”
Do you own a small company? How did you learn to succeed?