Showing posts with label fundraiser. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fundraiser. Show all posts

30 August 2013

Girly Bits Remember Aja...Raising Awareness About "The Choking Game"

Hi everyone! Ever since I received this polish from Girly Bits, I've been very reluctant to write this post. My main concern is whether I should just post some swatches and give a bit of background info on the polish, or whether I should discuss my own personal story in the hopes that it will get people to take notice of the issues that inspired the creation of this polish. Since I tend not to get personal on this blog, and since my family reads it (hi mom! hi step-dad!) you can see why I'm feeling hesitant.

About Aja: But first a bit of a back story. Remember Aja was created in memory of Aja Chandler, an 11-year-old girl from Belle River, Ontario, who died in March of this year from playing the choking game. You can read more about her story in the Windsor Star and on rememberaja.org. Pam, the maker of Girly Bits created Remember Aja as a fundraiser to raise money to go to a fund in Aja's memory, money that will go to raising awareness about the choking game and for a youth soccer scholarship.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

The Choking Game: Also called the fainting game, it involves intentionally cutting off one's oxygen supply in order to achieve a temporary high. The person faints for a brief moment then comes to. It's completely dangerous and can lead to moderate to severe brain damage, mental disability and even death. Kids will either tend to do it alone or will do it in groups. More can be learned here.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

My own experience: When Pam released this polish, it made me think of my own experience with the choking game back when I was in high school, an experience that only happened once but it's something I never told my family. See, in high school, I was very motivated to achieve academically. I was on the honor roll, taking AP courses, thinking about college. But I was also a bit reckless, prone to going along with the crowd, you know, typically high school behavior.

I only played the choking game once, on a band trip, when I was about 15 or 16. It was a group of us and we were in our hotel when someone introduced the idea. For some reason (stupidity, hidden sadist tendencies?!) I did the choking job, while other people got a high from my actions. Stupid I know, I'm kinda regretting putting this out there. But sometimes even the smart, responsible kids do dumb things.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

What's my point? My point is that if you have kids, or know people who have kids, you should talk to them about the choking game. Don't wait for "signs" to appear. There might not be any. In my case it was a one time deal, and luckily no one got hurt, but it could have gone horribly wrong. Even though I couldn't have gotten hurt, I could have hurt, or worse, killed someone accidentally, which would undoubtedly have effected me for the rest of my life.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

Sometimes I wonder, can polish make a difference? In this case I think it does. Not only does it raise money for a good cause, it raises awareness about an important issue. I don't need to do a survey to know that there are a lot of moms in the nail polish community. So if you are one of those moms, please make a note either now, or when your kids get older, to talk to them about this.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

About this polish: To raise money and awareness about this important issue, Pam created a warm-toned purple linear holo. It also has a gorgeous pink shimmer that catches the eye at times. To give you some information about the polish, the holo effect is what I would call a medium holo effect - it's not in-your-face holo, but it's very noticeable in the sun. The formula is perfect and it goes on very smooth and is self-leveling. I used three coats here.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

My apologies for rambling on, but sometimes things are important to me and I want to write about them. Don't forget to visit rememberaja.org to educate yourself about the hazards of this "game".

What do you think of this polish? And how do you feel about polishes for a cause?

Girly Bits polishes are available from their website, there you'll also find a list of distributors for other places to buy Girly Bits. Follow Girly Bits Cosmetics on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and new releases.

*Products in this post provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more detail.*
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...