Awareness Month 2017



Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month is the biggest time of the year for raising local and national awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

To create an even greater impact in 2017, we are once again aligning the Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month with World IBD Day, which falls on 19 May. World IBD Day is an annual global campaign to raise awareness of Crohn’s and colitis and shine a light on lives of people with IBD, which affects an estimated 1 in 250 Australians.

This year our awareness campaign is focused on increasing greater understanding of Crohn’s and colitis in the community while encouraging Australians diagnosed with IBD to live fearlessly without letting their disease come in the way of their dreams.

As part of the campaign, we will illuminate national buildings, monuments and landmarks in major cities of Australia in purple light – international colour of IBD –  to raise awareness of IBD and empower people around the nation to spread the word about these invisible illnesses and the work of Crohn’s & Colitis Australia.

We want to spread the message far and wide this May but it’s only with you by our side can we continue to raise awareness and funds required to develop new support programs, conduct research and make lives a little more liveable for people living with IBD.

Help us make some noise by joining the Awareness Month campaign and share the ‘Live Fearless message to show your support for IBD patients.

Go purple on World IBD Day

We are lighting up Australia in purple – the international colour for Inflammatory Bowel Disease – to spread awareness on #WorldIBDday. Go purple on World IBD Day to show your support for patients living with IBD. Don a purple wig, a purple t-shirt, or simply add a purple filter to your Facebook profile pic. Be creative, and please remember to use our campaign hashtags: #WorldIBDDay2017 #unitedWeStandREAD MORE

Join the conversation

Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram using one of the official hashtags: #LiveFearless #WorldIBDDay2017 #UnitedWeStand

You can also:

  • Tell your story to raise awareness
  • Share your fearless moment using #LiveFearless and tag a friend to do the same.
  • Share how CCA has provided support to you or your family member

Volunteer with us

We rely on our wonderful community of volunteers to help us during Awareness Month by distributing posters at our light-up sites, organising events and assisting us spread the noise in community centres. If you’d like to volunteer for Awareness Month, please email us at [email protected].

Donate to CCA

Our work is not government supported, so we need generous people like you to be a part of our vital efforts to make lives more liveable for people living with IBD. Support us with a tax-deductible gift today. Click here to donate online. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. READ MORE

Host a fundraising event

A fun way to raise awareness and much-needed funds for CCA is to host an event with friends, family or colleagues. Plan a tea party, a trivia night, a movie night –do what you can to bring people together and spread the message about Crohn’s and colitis. If you’d like ideas and tips on hosting a fundraising event, please email us at [email protected] for a fundraising kit. READ MORE

Get your free promo pack!

Printed Material – Posters and Flyers

With the support of our sponsors Janssen, Shire, Aspen Pharmacare and Emerge Health we have produced a Live Fearless poster, World IBD Day poster and an information flyer for hospitals and the general public.

You’re welcome to display Awareness Month resources at your home, office or community centre or hand out at a fundraiser event.  Request a Promo Pack.