Until you’ve had personal experience of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, we don’t think you can really appreciate the devastating impact it can have. First and foremost, it’s the sufferer, but the effects are far reaching, and often way past close family and friends.

I say this as someone who is more than aware of how the illness affects someone, and the impact it has for the rest of their life.

So when we received an email into the office from GetYourBellyOut, a charitable organisation providing support, education and advocacy to a global community of over 42,000 people affected by Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, we had to tell you about them, especially as they are set to participate in the globally renowned Facebook Community Accelerator program.

Set up by an entrepreneur with flair for community building, GYBO is set to put IBD awareness firmly on the map by landing a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside Facebook and Founders Intelligence.

Selected from millions of communities on the popular social media platform, the program focuses on encouraging exceptional leaders to harness the power of their community to turn impactful ideas into action. 

Only 131 participants across nine global regions have been selected to participate in this 8-month program which includes:

  • Custom training, one-on-one coaching and meaningful partnerships
  • Access to new Facebook products aimed at managing communities
  • Funding opportunities to help deliver global community initiatives

GetYourBellyOut began in 2014, and has since earned a Pride of Britain Award, named finalists for a Queens Award for Voluntary Service, South Wales Community Award finalists and been shortlisted for Digital Women’s female-led Community of the Year Award. 

Victoria Marie is the founder, and director of GetYourBellyOut CIC, She told us……

‘I am delighted to have been selected for this year’s Facebook Accelerator Program. We work incredibly hard on building people’s confidence, organising social events, reducing isolation, and providing support 365 days a year.

I am excited to see how our community will grow from this new opportunity as we continue to work to create lasting impact for people whose lives have been affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease.’ 

Victoria Marie – GetYourBellyOut founder & director

We, of course wish Victoria and the team at GYBO continued success, and would direct you to their site for any advice, information, and most importantly, support that you, or someone you know may need.

As we said they are a charitable organisation, so if you fancy a night out at one of their events, we reckon you’ll have a fantastic time.

They are staging a Masquerade ball on 26th March next year for an evening of fun, friendship and lasting memories whilst raising funds for GetYourBellyOut CIC.

They say they will do their utmost to make sure this is an amazing evening for all who attend. Tickets are £38 + additional £1 postage for ticket delivery and the venue is the superb National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, Birmingham. For more information, go her BALL.

We’ve added a previous ball video to our YouTube channel if you’d like to have a look.


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