Crohn’s & Colitis 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. Watch the live stream via our Facebook page, or in the frame below:

Promotional Materials

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

Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month

  • Download Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month poster here
  • Download Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month flyer here
  • Download Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month cupcake decorating flags here
  • Download Instagram story template here
  • Download Facebook frame template here
  • Download social tiles: FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedIn

World IBD Day

  • Download World IBD Day social tiles: FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedIn
  • 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.

  • Fundraising ideas
    • Host a World IBD Day purple themed morning tea.
    • Bake purple themed cakes with Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month cupcake flags.
    • Shave your head or dye your hair purple.
    • Birthday fundraiser on Facebook
    • What’s your vice? Consider going without something during May. Eg: Alcohol, chocolate, sugar.
    • Set yourself a physical or personal challenge during May. Eg: 5km walk/run for IBD each day.
    • Host a ‘Girl’s night in’ or movie night with friends.
    • Perform musical concert at home to your friends and family
    • Paint your nails purple or wear purple makeup.
    • Wear your purple Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month ribbon proudly.
    • Wear purple to school or work.
    • Share your own IBD story or an IBD fact.
    • Start a conversation about IBD and give someone an insight into invisible illness.
    • Tell someone how it takes guts to live with IBD.
  • How do I set up an online fundraising page?
    1. Create an online fundraising page on either mycause gofundraise Facebook
    2. Follow the prompts to set up your page and choose ‘Crohn’s & Colitis Australia’ as the charity you wish to fundraise on behalf of, add text about yourself and your fundraiser and add an image to share.
    3. Share your fundraising page via text message, email or social media with friends, family and work colleagues to raise awareness, gain support and drive donations!
    4. Happy fundraising!
  • Request a promo pack

    This year, we have printed copies of our Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month resources available, these include A3 and A4 posters and A5 flyers to help you spread the word and shine a ‘purple’ light on IBD.

    You might like to display the posters and flyers in your workplace, school, community centre, doctor’s surgery or have some flyers to hand out at a fundraising event.

    Email your promo pack request to [email protected].

    Please specify in the email the quantity of posters and flyers you will require and your postal address.

  • We're here to help

    We’re incredibly grateful for the efforts of our fundraisers to help support people with IBD.

    Don’t forget to capture your fundraising event or activity and send us your photos and stories.

    For more information on fundraising, email us [email protected].

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.

Purchase yours today at the CCA online shop.

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:


Canberra: Telstra Tower, Old Parliament House, National Carillon 


Coffs Harbour: Big Banana
Newcastle: Newcastle City Hall Clock Tower
Manly Town Hall 


Gold Coast: SkyPoint
Story Bridge, Tropical Dome
Townsville: Townsville Sign, Victoria Bridge, Wharton Reef Lighthouse, George Roberts Bridge, Old Magistrates Court House, Little Fletcher Bridge


Adelaide: Adelaide Oval


Launceston: City of Launceston Town Hall


Melbourne: Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square (Digital North Façade)
Geelong Catenary Lighting
Ballarat Town Hall Clock, Lake Wendouree Fountain, Eureka Centre Fountain
Wodonga Water Tower


Perth: Optus 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

Download here

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 Zealand, Dr Falk Australia, Takeda Australia and Sandoz Australia.

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