Hoping that you’re all well during these difficult times. Today is International Albinism Awareness Day, so I thought I’d take the time to share some information about albinism with you.
For those of you who don’t know, I was born with a rare condition called Oculocutaneous Albinism, which is an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and (in my case) eyes. Albinism occurs in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world. In the UK., approximately one in 20,000 people has some type of albinism. In other parts of the world, the occurrence can be as high as one in 3,000. Most children with albinism are born to parents whose hair and eye colour are typical for their ethnic backgrounds.
If you’re interested in learning more about the condition, as it’s very little understood properly, I’d encourage you to check out NOAH’s information here: https://www.albinism.org/learn-about-albinism/
The Albinism Fellowship also share information about the condition here: https://www.albinism.org.uk/about-albinism/
The work that these organisations do is so amazing, so please take a minute to go over to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and follow them – they really deserve it.
Happy IAAD, once again, and I can’t wait to see you all at my concerts once this situation is all over!