The idea of adding a fundraising spin to getting a penguin tattoo became a reality this month when I hosted an online event "Tattoo for a Cause" on Facebook. With this event my intention was to raise awareness for NF rather than funds and of course to get a penguin tattoo. I anticipated that I will receive the same comfort and strength from the penguin that I do from my first tattoo, the angel wing.
I set myself a challenge...to raise $100 (for the Children's Tumour Foundation) by the 22nd January in order to get the reward. If the total wasnt reached by this date then I wouldn't be able to go ahead with the tattoo and the campaign would begin again. Each day I posted information about Neurofibromatosis and a challenge (eg tell someone, that is unaware, about Neurofibromatosis and get them to donate $5 to the Children's Tumour Foundation). I managed to raise $125.50 for the foundation and rewarded myself today with the tattoo!
For those of you that know me well, you would realise that this in not a desicion that I took lightly. My first and only tattoo hurt like hell and I swore I would never go back for another. I was quickly reminded of the pain the minute the tattoo artist started to create her masterpiece on my wrist. The two ouzos that I downed before arriving didn't appear to even take the edge off!!! The pain was totally worth it when I saw the finished product ( I couldn't bring myself to look before it was done for fear that once I glimpsed the needle in her hand I wouldn't be able to see it through to the end).
My hope is that one day Neurofibromatosis will be something that rolls off people's tongues as easily as the word cancer. I know that I will take a lot more than a little campaign to achieve this but from little things, big things grow.
A special thank you to Kaya at La Belle Tattoo Studio for doing such a wonderful job In designing my special tattoo.