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Awareness Month - May 2012

May is National Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month. This year our program will carry the ‘Can’t Wait’ theme, conveying the key message that the IBD community can’t wait, and not just in regards to toilet facilities.

We can’t wait for shorter gaps between first consultation and final, correct diagnosis of IBD; for better access to specialist treatment and care; for the government to highlight IBD as a priority in its health programs; for employers and schools to acknowledge IBD as a valid medical condition and to properly accommodate those who are living with it; and for the general public to be more aware of IBD so that we can talk about it without feeling embarrassed or stigmatised. Visit our 'Cant Wait' website for more information.

We Can't Wait To Work Together!

Help us have a successful Awareness Month by raising funds and awareness for IBD. Download some simple ideas here.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

Another way to get people involved is to encourage your friends and family to show their support and
buy a supporter’s pack here.

What we've planned for May 2012

Advertising campaign on television, print, and radio. Our TV spots last year, which featured Pete Timbs, Brittani Nicholl, and Amber Miall, touched a lot of people with its honest and candid portrayal of what it’s like living with IBD. We’re airing it again this year. We’ll also have interviews with journalists; we’ll be on radio and, as always, Facebook and Twitter.

Parliamentary Cocktail Function, 6pm, 21 May in Canberra, ACT. The multiparty IBD Parliamentary Friendship Group, formed last year by Bernie Ripoll (Labour MP for Oxley, QLD) and consisting of parliamentarians throughout Australia, will be in attendance. Members are most welcome to join us and even invite their local politicians. Check our website for more details.

CCA Fundraising Lunch in Sydney, details to be confirmed.

Information Forums, more info on our forums page.


CCA's community service announcement TV commercial, starring three CCA members, which was televised througout May and June of 2011.

70,000 free postcards weredistributed nationally in cafes, bars, art galleries and universities. Click here to view the E-Card

World IBD Day 2010

CCA has been working with our international counterparts to
organise an inaugural World IBD Day, held on Wednesday, May 19. The date coincided with National Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2010, which was held May 16-22.

The purpose of the day was be to bring to international attention the needs of people living with IBD, articulated with a unified worldwide voice.
The leading IBD organisations from Australia, America, Canada, Europe, the UK and South America took part in the event. The website, http://www.worldibdday.org/, outlines the aims of the day and the support required for people living with Crohn’s or colitis.

CCA chief executive Francesca Manglaviti said taking an international approach would help to highlight all of the issues relating to IBD.
"Harnessing extra noise for our cause of making life more livable for people with IBD will help us to raise awareness within the general community, governments and workplaces," Ms Manglaviti said.

Thank you to all the CCA members who helped raise awareness and funds during the week by supporting CCA’s media campaign and events, and organised awareness activities in their workplace, school or social club.

Click here to see Pete Timbs talk about World IBD Day.