Australia Set To Light it Teal And Raise Food Allergy Awareness

May is Food Allergy Awareness month worldwide, and Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world. During May, many buildings and bridges around the world, including in Australia, will light up in teal to raise food allergy awareness; shining a spotlight on allergies, which have emerged as a major public health problem in developed countries.

In Australia, TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness partnered with
‘Light It Teal’ to light up major landmarks in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Launceston. Sydney was the first city outside North America to participate in the Light it Teal initiative and many Australian cities have followed suit.

This year, Brisbane, which joined the initiative in 2018, will shine again for the fourth consecutive year with both Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge lit in teal on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Perth also joined the initiative in 2018, and will put the spotlight on food allergy awareness by lighting its Council House and Trafalgar Bridge in teal on Saturday, May 29, 2021. The city of Melbourne, which joined the initiative for the first time in 2019, will light up the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Canberra, the nations capital city, will join the initiative for the first time this year; lighting the Telstra Tower in teal Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

While on the island state of Tasmania, the Launceston Town Hall will Light it Teal over four nights, commencing Thursday, May 20 until Sunday, May 23.

The Light It Teal movement was started by a US mother, Stephanie Lowe, who wanted to draw attention to the issue by lighting as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible to highlight Food Allergy Awareness. The Australian partnership with Light It Teal is supported by Australian journalist and TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness founder, Grace Farah, who also has a daughter with severe allergies; to ‘Light It Teal’ in Australia and beyond.

Ms Farah said the initiative was a great idea, and one she just had to bring to Australia.

“When people see a building or a bridge lit up in teal, it starts a conversation and raises awareness about food allergies. It also shows our children and families who are dealing with food allergies every day that Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Launceston and Perth cares…Australia cares.”

“We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all the great people involved who have helped light up some of their city’s iconic structures,” she said.

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