NAMI-MC Begins 'Field of Hope' Program
The Moore County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has created a "banner" program titled the "Field of Hope."
"It was felt that a traveling display of flags would be a symbol to the world of the hope that is held in the heart for the recovery of each loved one or associate, and for the hope that research would in the near future find a cure for all dreaded brain illnesses," says Marianne Kernan, president of the local chapter.
It is a permanent traveling field of flags that offers a way to honor or remember a loved one affected by a brain illness, as well as family members, friends, other caregivers, and medical professionals.
Each outdoor garden flag is sublimated and embroidered with purple irises, Van Gogh's symbol of hope, painted during his institutionalization.
With each donation for a flag and bracket, a permanent tag with the donor's name and the name of the loved one is attached and kept with the display. The flags stay with NAMI-MC as part of its permanent display that can travel to various events and locations.
The "Flag of Hope" project was displayed at the NAMI-NC Walk at Dorothea Dix in Raleigh and was received enthusiastically by all who saw it," says Kernan.
"NAMI-MC offers this program to the general public in hopes that there is a massive display for all to see," says Kernan.
One flag (12 x 18 inches) and bracket set can be donated to the permanent display for $25.
One additional flag set can be purchased for $17 either to stay with a display or be taken home. To order a flag call NAMI-MC at (910) 295-1053.
"Leave your name and phone number indicating that you would like to purchase a Flag of Hope, and your call will be returned," says Kernan.
Flag sets will not be mailed but must be picked up by the individuals ordering them or at NAMI-MC's monthly Educational and Support Meeting held the first Monday of each month.
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