‘Shining a Light’ on Australian amputees!

4 - 11 October | National

This year many buildings and landmarks across Australia are being lit up in green to shine a light on amputation and limb loss in this country.

‘Shining a Light’ on Australian amputees!

National Amputee Awareness Week 2019

‘Shining a Light’ on Australian amputees!

National Amputee Awareness Week, 4 – 11 October 2019, is a chance to ‘Shine a Light’ on the number of people in Australia with limb loss and remind all amputees that they are not alone. This is a week dedicated to celebrating Australians living with limb loss, raising awareness of this lifelong disability, reducing the stigma that amputees can face, and sharing limb loss prevention information.

There is one amputation performed every hour in Australia, which equates to 24 people per day and almost 8,500 people per year, due to diabetes, cancer, diabetes, cancer, vascular disease, infection and traumatic accidents. The limb loss community in Australia, made up of adults and children, is growing every year.

This year many buildings and landmarks across Australia are being lit up in green to shine a light on amputation and limb loss in this country.

National Amputee Awareness Week builds community knowledge of limb loss, works to break down misconceptions about amputees, supports good quality of life outcomes and educates the wider community of the prevalence of amputation in hope they better manage their healthcare.

During National Amputee Awareness Week October significant buildings, venues and landmarks across Australia will be lit up green to ‘put a spotlight’ on amputation and limb loss.

Head out to one of the locations below.

ACT

Royal Australia Mint (Canberra): 4 - 11 October

The National Carillon (Canberra): 4 October

Northern Territory

Darwin Convention Centre: 4 - 11 October

Queensland

Story Bridge (Brisbane): 4 October

Victoria Bridge (Brisbane): 4 October

Reddacliff Place Sculptures (Brisbane): 4 October

Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane): 4 October

Brisbane City Hall: 7 October

Sandgate Community Hall (Brisbane): 7 October

Victoria Bridge - Townsville: 4 - 5 and 8 - 11 October

Townsville Sign - Central Park: 4 - 5 and 8 - 11 October

South Australia

Riverbank Footbridge (Adelaide): 5 - 6 October

Adelaide Oval: 8 - 9 October

Adelaide Convention Centre: 6 - 7 October

Tasmania

Launceston Town Hall: 4 - 11 October

Victoria

Bolte Bridge (Melbourne): 4 October

AAMI Park (Melbourne): 8 - 10 October

Ballarat Town Hall: 4 - 11 October

Western Australia

Matagarup Bridge (Perth): 4 October

The Bell Tower (Perth): 4 and 11 October

Optus Stadium (Perth) 4 October

Mandurah Bridge: 4 October

Elizabeth Quay (Perth): 8 - 11 October

*All light-up sites are subject to change without notification by the participating organisation.

How you can get involved

Take a photo or a selfie in front of one of the landmarks and send it to Limbs 4 Life so we can post it on social media or post it on your Facebook page using the hashtags listed below.

If you’re posting on social media consider including the Limbs 4 Life handle or National Amputee Awareness Week hashtags so we can see it and thank you for your support!

Hashtags:

#NAAW19

#ShineALightOnAmputees

#GetYourRibbonON

4 - 11 October | National

This year many buildings and landmarks across Australia are being lit up in green to shine a light on amputation and limb loss in this country.