September 9, 2019 is "Red Shoes Rock" FASD Awareness Day!
GreenAngels' friend, Lauren Richardson, was born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is an umbrella diagnostic term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol. Statistics show that 9 out of every 1000 births, can be affected by alcohol. These effects may include physical, cognitive, memory, behavioural and learning difficulties with lifelong implications. (Read the recent article on CBC Radio.)
FASD is a 'brain-based' and, therefore, invisible disability. Lauren wants to spread the word: there is no safe level of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
BC Transit has offered to place ads in their buses for Red Shoes Rock Day. Lauren's goal is to raise $2,300 towards the costs of designing and printing the ads. Not a lot of money for such a worthy cause!