Awareness Month 2022

May is Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month

Let’s #FlushTheStigma around inflammatory bowel disease as #IBDHasNoAge

Imagine needing to know where the nearest toilet is every time you leave home just in case it’s urgent! This is just one small aspect of what it can be like living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. 

It takes guts to talk about Crohn’s and colitis, so this May let’s band together, start conversations about inflammatory bowel disease and spread awareness and understanding of these lifelong incurable conditions.  

More than 100,000 – or 1 in every 250 Australians live with these serious gut conditions that are on the increase.  

Here’s what’s on and how you can help us #FlushTheStigma this May. 

Live Streamed IBD Information Forum

A live streamed Information Forum hosted by Leanne Raven (CEO, CCA) took place on Wednesday 25th May, 7:30pm (AEST). The Top 10 research priorities for IBD as identified in CCA’s latest research project were revealed and you’ll also hear from clinicians and consumers involved in the ‘Research Priorities’ project. Two of CCA’s recent scholarship recipients, Dr Ralley Prentice and Dr Aysha Al-Ani, also presented about their research.

To watch the full video, click here.

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

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 newly branded purple Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month Ribbons available for purchase. 

Wear yours proudly during May and on World IBD Day – Thursday 19 May 2022.

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

Shine a Light – World IBD Day

On On World IBD Day – Thursday 19 May 2022, 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 
John Gorton Building 
Royal Australian Mint 
NSWCoffs HarbourBig Banana
NewcastleNewcastle City Hall Clock Tower
SydneyManly Town Hall
QLDGold CoastSkyPoint
BrisbaneStory Bridge 
Breakfast Creek Bridge
Suncorp Stadium 
Reddacliff Place sculptures: Donna Marcus: Steam (2006) 
TownsvilleTownsville sign 
Victoria Bridge 
Wharton Reef Lighthouse 
George Roberts Bridge 
Old Magistrates Court House 
Little Fletcher Bridge 
Central Park Boardwalk  
SAAdelaideAdelaide Oval 
Riverbank Footbridge 
TASHobartCardinal lights 
Railway Roundabout Fountain 
Rose Garden Bridge 
Aquatic Centre 
Franklin Square 
Elizabeth Mall  
Kennedy Lane 
VICMelbourneMelbourne Cricket Ground 
Federation Square – Lights and Digital North Facade
GeelongCatenary Lighting
BallaratBallarat Town Hall
Lake Wendouree Fountain
Eureka Centre Fountain
SheppartonMooroopna Water Tower
Monash Park Tree
WAPerthTrafalgar Bridge 
Council House 
The Bell Tower 

Share your photos on social media and tag us using the campaign hashtags #IBDHasNoAge #FlushTheStigma #GotGuts #WorldIBDDay2022 

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:

#IBDHasNoAge #FlushTheStigma #GotGuts #WorldIBDDay2022 

Media release

For media enquiries, contact Julie Weldon on 0423 110 802 or email [email protected]

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia’s 2022 Awareness Month is supported by Janssen Australia and New Zealand, Pfizer, Dr Falk Australia, Abbvie, Takeda Australia and Celltrion Healthcare. 

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