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Vitiligo Purple Fun Day

Vitiligo Purple Fun Day

Release Date: 
June 18, 2011

Vitiligo Purple Fun Day – Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF) is hosting its Vitiligo Awareness Day (a memorial to Michael Jackson) at the Silverbird Galleria in Victoria Island, Lagos on Saturday, June 25, from 4pm to 8pm. It is a day set aside to create extensive awareness on Vitiligo and a day dedicated to all living with Vitiligo globally. A memorial to Michael Jackson, who lived with Vitiligo till his death and who managing his Vitiligo became one the most controversial issues.

Dress code for this event is Purple. Many Nigerian celebrities has confirmed attendance and still counting.
Compere: Steve Onu (Yaw of Wazobia FM)
Confirmed are:

  • Julius Agwu
  • Funny Bone
  • Senator
  • De one
  • Xplicit Dance groups,
  • RGK
  • DJ Stramborella
  • Fashion Walk with Damian Exclusive and
  • Publicizing of our awareness Video Productions on Nigerian TV Stations and hopefully Kenya on 25th June.

The production:

  1. More to Life A Documentary on Vitiligo and
  2. Tales of Vitiligo TV Fillers

According to the Executive Director, Ogo Maduewesi the lead advocate and campaigner of World Vitiligo Day – Vitiligo Awareness Day is a great need because Vitiligo is a very disfiguring, devastating condition which can affect anyone. In a society obsessed by appearance and where physical appearance is celebrated you can feel just helpless when your appearance is threatened, often stigmatized, traumatized, and ostracized. Children are frequently teased and ridiculed by their peers. Adults experience low self-esteem, job discrimination and it interferes with relationships and marriage prospects.

The current therapy for Vitiligo focuses on halting the Progression of the depigmentation with topical immunomodulators and encouraging repigmentation with phototherapy. However, success rates of these therapies is dramatically low, variable, and not permanent. Therefore, new therapeutic approaches are warranted. With many Vitiligo patients responding poorly to the current therapies, more focus should be directed to improve non-medical consequences of Vitiligo that include:

  • Extensive awareness, enlightenment and education,
  • camouflages make-ups,
  • self-image support,
  • Availability and access to Vitiligo information for all,
  • General support and care, to name a few.

Above all extensive Vitiligo education, awareness and enlightenment campaign is on top priority for acceptance of the victims, Vitiligo patients needs to be accepted and treated equally without any form of stigma, discrimination and segregation to enable them take advantage of other self-help like camouflage make-up, image building programs etc. Awareness will bring about a better understanding of the general public, attention and care within the medical community and Positive living of the patients.

VITSAF is a not-for-profit patient driven organisation incorporated in Nigeria and working around Africa, Passionately concerned about the needs of persons living with Vitiligo, helping ameliorate the agony people suffer as a result of turning from black to white.
We invite you all to join us in Vitiligo Purple Fun Day a memorial to Michael Jackson (most famous man that lived with Vitiligo and widely misunderstood about his Vitiligo)

This event is proudly supported by Julius Agwu Foundation for Youth (JAFFY), Silverbird Galleria, Dr. Femi Olaleye (WISH FOR AFRICA, UK) and many more.

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For more information please contact Ogo @ Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation, 51 Oyekan Road, Off Akerele Street, Surulere Lagos Tel: 0702 516 5280, 0806 363 8030, Email: vitsupng@gmail.com, Website: vitsaf.org