About Global Day - 21 June
Every year since 1997, the International Alliance has celebrated 21 June as the global day of recognition of ALS/MND - a disease that affects people in every country of the globe.
June 21 is a solstice - a turning point - and each year the ALS/MND community undertake a range of activities to express their hope that this day will be another turning point in the search for cause, treatment and cure of this awful disease.
Members of the International Alliance undertake a range of activities to recognise ALS/MND. Many organise meetings of people diagnosed with ALS/MND and carers, some organise social events, meetings of Boards of Directors, undertake fundraising activities or simply reflect on being a part of the world wide fight against ALS/MND.
Global Day is important because it is one day that every member of the International Alliance has in common to reflect their dedication and role in the global fight against ALS/MND. Many countries already have awareness days, weeks and even a month of recognising ALS/MND and stimulating a period of intense effort to promote awareness. But this one day allows us to recognise that we are not alone in our fight against ALS/MND, and that patients, carers, former carers, scientists, health care professionals, volunteers and many, many others are all part of this fight.
Global Day is an event that knows no boundaries, so everybody can be involved. Any event (big or small), any activity, any act, can be a part of raising awareness of ALS/MND.
The fight against ALS/MND is a global fight. ALS/MND affects people in every country in the world, and takes no notice of race, colour, faith or economic status. It is indiscriminate, and every diagnosis affects a much larger circle of family, friends, relatives, workmates and others.
JOIN THE FIGHT - DO SOMETHING ON MND GLOBAL DAY 21 JUNE TO SPREAD THE WORD
Download poster - here
Getting involved with Global Day is easy - here are some ideas:
Host a Drink Tea for MND event - Encourage your friends, family, colleagues, local community, schools and businesses to get involved by holding a morning or afternoon tea and make a gold coin donation.
Wear a blue cornflower - the symbol of hope for people living with MND - and talk to people about MND. In Australia federal parliamentarians are given a cornflower to wear each year on MND Global Day
Hold a free dress or wear blue day - encourage your local community, schools and businesses to get involved by in return for a gold coin donation.
Hold a Global Day fundraising event/activity on or around the 21st June
Become a Global Day Hero. It’s free and easy to create your own online fundraising page through Everyday Hero and approach your friends, family, colleagues and contacts for tax deductible donations. Each secure donation is recorded on your page along with any messages of support from your donors. Please go to www.everydayhero.com.au or www.gofundraise.com.au
Any of these ideas can be held on or around 21st June!
For further information about getting involved in Global Day, hosting a Drink Tea for MND or events being held in your state - contact your local state MND Association.
Read Senator Sue Boyce's moving 2012 MND Global Day address to Parliament.
Harry Jenkins MP marked 2012 Global Day with a touching statement in Parliament - speech available here.
You can read Kevin Rudd MP 2012 speech for Global MND Day here - he pays tribute to the inspiring Scott Sullivan from his electorate.