“I do it for the kids,” Port Lavaca family physician John B. Wright, MD, says of the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. “Giving out helmets is an opportunity for me to help my community and make kids safe.”
Dr. Wright, along with Port Lavaca Clinic Associates, has hosted an annual Hard Hats event since 2013. The local police department helps educate children about bike safety and register kids’ bikes. The kids enjoy game booths and a drawing for bikes at the event, which takes place in the clinic parking lot.
Dr. Wright, a cyclist and member of TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Physician Advisory Panel, says it warms his heart to see kids smile as they are fitted for a helmet. Better yet, he says, is seeing kids wear the helmets as they ride around town.
You, too, can reap the rewards of hosting a helmet giveaway. Your next big opportunity is in October, which TMA designates as Hard Hats for Little Heads Month. We have everything you need to host a successful giveaway, including helmets, publicity and media support, and educational materials. Also, TMA will include your event on a list that goes to media outlets in cities where events will occur during the month.
When hosts purchase helmets, TMA provides a match of free helmets to increase your giving power. So when Dr. Wright buys 50 helmets, TMA gives him 50 more to hand out at no cost to him. (The match varies for larger purchases.)
TMA’s high-quality helmets cost only $7.60 each, including shipping. Be sure to order your helmets a month in advance to allow plenty of time for delivery.
As an added bonus, TMA will give 10 extra free helmets to any county medical society or local alliance that hosts its first-ever event in October. Here are some ideas for events.
To find out how you can host a helmet giveaway, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at 512-370-1470.
The TMA Foundation funds TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program in 2018 thanks to its Legacy of Caring Endowment and top donors — an anonymous physician and spouse, TMAF Make-A-Difference donors, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians — plus generous unrestricted gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance members, and friends of medicine.