Awareness Month 2021

May is Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month

Get involved this May to help us #FlushtheStigma

It takes guts to talk about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and this May Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) will be raising awareness in support of people living with these lifelong illnesses.

This May is a chance for Australians to understand a little more about what it is like to live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many people living with these illnesses stay silent about the day-to-day issues they face but during May, we can help them speak up.

By as early as next year, there is expected to be over 100,000 Australians living with Crohn’s or colitis – lifelong, incurable conditions that are on the increase. For every person diagnosed, not only are their lives changed forever but also the lives of their family and friends.

Live Streamed IBD Information Forum

A live streamed Information Forum panel discussion hosted by Flic Manning (CCA Ambassador) will take place on Tuesday 25th May, 7:30pm (AEST). Flic will talk about her own lived experience with IBD and you’ll hear from the following wonderful guest speakers:

  • Dr Emma Flanagan, Gastroenterologist – Pregnancy and IBD
  • A/Prof John Ding, Gastroenterologist – COVID 19, Vaccination and IBD
  • Dr Chamara Basnayake, Gastroenterologist – IBD and the Elderly

You’ll be able to watch the live stream from anywhere you can access the internet.

Promotional Material

Download, print, distribute or share on social media these Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month resources during May.

Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month

World IBD Day

  • Download World IBD Day social tiles: Facebook • Instagram • Twitter • LinkedIn
  • Download World IBD Day – #GotGuts Instagram story template here
  • Download World IBD Day Facebook frame template here

Working from Home? The Facebook social tile is the perfect size for a Zoom or Microsoft Teams ‘Virtual Background’ too!

Fundraising During May

We know that many of CCA’s supporters love to fundraise and raise awareness of Crohn’s and colitis in their community or workplace at this time of year.

If you’d like to raise awareness of IBD in your own community or do your own fundraising activity this year, see below for a list of ideas to get you started and more.

Get your purple ribbon!

CCA has purple Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month Ribbons available for purchase.

Wear yours proudly during May and on World IBD Day – Wednesday 19 May 2021.

The ribbons are $3 each or get a pack of 10 for $27.

Shine a Light – World IBD Day

On World IBD Day – Wednesday 19 May 2021, landmarks and buildings across Australia will light up purple – the international awareness colour for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Please note light up sites are subject to change. Make sure you check our website in the lead-up to World IBD Day.

List of locations for you to go have a look at with your family and friends on 19 May:

ACTCanberraTelstra Tower
Old Parliament House
National Carillon
NSWCoffs HarbourBig Banana
NewcastleCity Hall Clock Tower
SydneyManly Town Hall
QLDGold CoastSkyPoint
BrisbaneStory Bridge
Tropical Dome
TownsvilleTownsville sign
Victoria Bridge
Wharton Reef Lighthouse
George Roberts Bridge
Old Magistrates Court House
Little Fletcher Bridge
SAAdelaideAdelaide Oval
TASLauncestonCity Hall
VICMelbourneTown Hall
Federation Square (north facade screens)
GeelongCatenary Lighting
BallaratTown Hall Clock
Lake Wendouree Fountain
Eureka Centre Fountain
WodongaWater Tower
WAPerthOptus Stadium
Trafalgar Bridge
Council House
The Bell Tower

Share your photos on social media and tag us using the campaign hashtags #FlushTheStigma #GotGuts #WorldIBDDay2021.

Connect with us

Stay informed and connected during Awareness Month by following CCA on social media. We would love to hear from you!

Be sure to use the following hashtags when you post about the campaign:

#FlushTheStigma #GotGuts #WorldIBDDay2021

Media release

For media enquiries, contact Rachel Gemmell on 0428 998 279 or email [email protected]

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia’s 2021 Awareness Month is supported by Janssen Australia and New ZealandDr Falk AustraliaTakeda Australia and Sandoz Australia.

All content is independently produced by Crohn’s & Colitis Australia.