Wristband: An Inexpensive Alternative for Any Event, Cause, or Fundraiser
Everyone is wearing wristbands these days. From teenagers with a message, celebrities with a cause and to schools who want to share their school spirit. These colored rubber bracelets around the wrist can be seen almost everywhere you go and are used for all sorts of reasons in all kinds of situations. For causes, fundraisers and special events. They have replaced t-shirts, tickets, coupons, and many other more costly items to become a fashion statement of their own.
Many people have begun to wear them as charity bands, featuring a charity of their choice in the inscription. They are often purchased in large quantities to help raise awareness for the chosen charity, such as breast cancer awareness. With the slogan “Save the Tatas,” breast cancer bracelets replaced t-shirts in many areas, and helped raise thousands of dollars for the cause of breast cancer. The charity wrist bands are one of the most popular trends of this decade.
Another famous use for wristbands is to wipe out bullying. A middle school teacher came up with the idea, and it quickly went global. This year, thousands of students joined together during the week of November 19th which is National Anti-Bullying week in the UK. Those kids each wore colored rubber wristbands which were meant to show that they will give bullies the cold shoulder. Youngsters all over the world have been wearing their anti-bully bracelets with pride, and many of them will continue long after the week is over.
Cheap custom rubber wristbands were made popular by the Lance Armstrong Foundation when he brought out the yellow bands. These bracelets were released in May of 2004 as a fund raising effort to raise money for cancer research, to raise cancer awareness, and to encourage people to live their lives to the fullest. Lance Armstrong is a cyclist who has won the Tour de France seven times. He is also a cancer survivor. Over seventy million of these ‘LIVESTRONG’ bracelets have sold since the beginning.
Wristbands are also used in the place of tickets for admission to places such as air shows, amusement parks, carnivals, church and social events, concerts, bars, arenas, day care, hospitals, fairs and festivals, cinemas, nightclubs, raceways, roller rinks, sporting events, water parks, and many other places. These custom made wristbands are used for many different purposes, such as admissions, advertising, controlling crowds, age verification in bars, identification, in the place of coupons, tickets, and labels.
Wristbands have come a very long way since the yellow bands of Lance Armstrong. A wide variety of colors, textures, patterns, slogans, causes, uses, and purposes have sprung forth from the brain child of one man seeking to send a message. People from all walks of life wear these customizable wristbands proudly, bearing their message, or showing their identity. Whether to get back into a park, or to order drinks from a bar, these colorful bracelets seem here to stay.