October 8, 2015

Help us Raise Awareness for World COPD Day!

Diane Barton, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, COPD National Program, Lung Foundation Australia

This World COPD Day (Wednesday 18 November) we are encouraging all Australians over the age of 35 to take breathlessness seriously and get a lung health check.

Contrary to what many people think, breathlessness is not a normal part of ageing. Feeling out of breath is a symptom and is one that should not be ignored.

World COPD Day is about raising awareness of the symptoms, risk factors and treatment of COPD and there are many ways you can help us to do that:

  • Organise a Catch Your Breath… Walk for COPD event in your community or take part in a walk. Ask event participants to donate a gold coin to help raise funds for the development of resources for patients with COPD to improve their quality of life.
  • Health professionals can run a free lung function screening activity and/or display promotional material.
  • Ask your local shopping centre/library/community hall to display promotional material or include World COPD Day information in their newsletters*.
  • Send your story to the local media*.

*Newsletter information and a media pack are available on our website.

We encourage you to consider fundraising via our Everyday Hero page where you can promote your own activity to help raise funds and awareness for World COPD Day. To create your own World COPD Day fundraising campaign, simply click on the following link: www.everydayhero.com.au/event/COPDhero.

Don’t forget to register your walk or promotional activity at www.worldcopdday.lungfoundation.com.au so
we can keep track of all the activities taking place across Australia and to ensure other people in your community can join in the activities listed. Everyone who registers an event gets a free promo pack which includes posters, balloons and various brochures related to COPD. For extra items (like t-shirts) please order them via our online shop. Use this code: WCD15 for free shipping.

We look forward to hearing about your World COPD activity and making this year bigger than ever!