Every year international FASD Awareness Day is celebrated on the 9th September. Community events to mark FASD Awareness Day now take place around the world with communities traditionally pausing at 9.09am, the 9th minute of the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month of the year, representing the 9 months of pregnancy. This time provides us with an opportunity to pause to reflect and consider the choice to have an alcohol free pregnancy and to share this prevention message across the world.
FASD Awareness Day began in 1999, initiated by Bonnie Buxton, her husband, Brian Philcox, and Teresa Kellerman. The first FASD Awareness Day attracted interest from over 70 volunteers and events were held in countries across the world, beginning in New Zealand, followed by Australia, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Sweden, United States of America and Canada.
Learn more about the history of FASD Awareness Day.
There are lots of ideas for community events to mark FASD Awareness Day. These include:
For more ideas and information on how to get started organising an event, check out the International FASD Awareness Day website.
If you would like some help with organising a FASD Awareness Day event in your community please Contact Us.
Here's some feedback about what happened around Australia on September 9, 2015
"Thank you so much for the pamphlets and posters you sent to me for our Morning Tea yesterday. The staff at our children's school were very receptive and interested and it was good to open a dialogue about FASD." (Comment and Photo courtesy of an event supported by Foster Families South West.)
"My name is Jillian Taylor and I am the FASD Project Officer in Tennant Creek, NT, Australia. I Just wanted to share with you that Piliyintinji-ki Stronger Families in Tennant Creek Australia celebrated International FASD Awareness Day today on the 9/9/15 with a total of 30 attending from the community. Instead of the bells ringing out, we were accompanied by Nathan from the fire station, the Fire engine rang out the sirens loud to remind people of the 9/9 International FASD Awareness Day, and that drinking alcohol while pregnant harms our babies."
Services Supporting Aboriginal Families (SSAF) interagency group have been busy in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, WA. Below is a local newspaper report and some static displays set up for the week at the local children's ward & maternity ward.