The spring months are a great time to host a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway to encourage kids to get moving — and do it safely. Three great months for events are March, which is Brain Injury Awareness Month; April, which is Texas Child Safety Month; and May, Bike Month.
TMA has everything you need for a local giveaway event, from helmets to publicity and educational materials to media support. When you purchase helmets, TMA gives you free helmets to increase your giving power. For example, if you buy 50 helmets, we give you 50 more at no cost. And helmets purchased through TMA cost only $7.60 per helmet, including shipping.
Family physicians and pediatricians can get a special benefit. If you're a member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) or the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS), the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can receive up to 50 helmets at no cost to you. TAFP and TPS cover the cost of up to 25 helmets for their members, and TMA matches that. Plus, you could buy more helmets at TMA's low price.
TMA encourages physicians, county medical societies, medical students, and TMA Alliance members to host giveaways during March, April, and May. During these key months, TMA will boost your publicity and draw attention to helmet safety by sending a statewide media advisory that lists events across the state, including your event.
Check out these ideas for events, and start planning your event now. To find out how you can sponsor a helmet giveaway, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470.
More than 260,000 little Texans have received a free helmet from TMA since the Hard Hats program began in 1994.
The TMA Foundation funds TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads program in 2017 with generous gifts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, an anonymous physician and spouse, Make-A-Difference donors, the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, individual physicians and their families, and other friends of medicine.
Action, Jan. 17, 2017