Hayley Brown – our first Antibiotic Action Champion – flew the flag for new antibiotics at the 2012 Vale Fest on 2nd June. Aided by a group of volunteer students, Hayley and the Antibiotic Action Team spoke to over 200 festival goers and secured their support for the online petition.
Hayley tells us in her own words about a rainy day in June that saw our messages reach new and important audiences:
“Antibiotic Action took the University of Birmingham Vale Festival by storm on Saturday the 2nd of June 2012. After rounding up a few volunteers, we took to The Vale in our Antibiotic Action t-shirts armed with posters, banners and post cards for students to sign.
In true English tradition, the sun had disappeared and it began to rain. Not letting the weather ruin the day, we set up our stand among the other groups and societies. After a roll of sellotape, a few posters blown away in the wind and the Antibiotic Action banner spending more time on the grass than upright, the stand was finally ready. Needless to say, due to the bad weather there were few ValeFest-ers around at the start of the day, so we broke up into two teams. Team One started off the day by collecting signatures from those manning neighbouring society stands, while Team Two occupied the stand.
As the day progressed, the University of Birmingham students filled out the Vale Festival. Large crowds began to form and the two teams took turns in talking to the students and collecting signatures at both the stand and in the crowds. The students were really receptive and we couldn’t have asked for a better response, completing all the signature forms we had (nearly 200).
The day was a great success, spreading the word of Antibiotic Action to fellow students at the University, and gathering some much needed support.”
Flying the antibiotic flag!
Thanks to Hayley, Rachel, Lily & Diana