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HD Awareness Month 2020

Unfortunately, for our 2020 #LightItUp4HD campaign, the COVID-19 pandemic meant cities, towns and other municipalities across Canada and around the world discouraged public gatherings, which included the flag raisings normally planned as part of HD Awareness Month. As such, HSC asked volunteers working on behalf of HSC to withdraw any flag raising or other public gathering requests associated with HD Awareness Month.

As we asked for sites to #LightitUP4HD, we found that many municipalities were overwhelmed with demands on their public health units and other pressing concerns around COVID-19 containment. With limited staff available in municipal offices it was therefore difficult to secure commitments for  #LightItUp4HD requests.

Instead, we asked the HD community to consider other ways to create awareness around HD at home:

  • Create posters for windows and doors
  • Install purple or blue porch/Christmas lights
  • Hang home-made HD ornaments on a tree in your front yard
  • Draw on your sidewalk or driveway with sidewalk chalk
  • Post on social media and include pictures of the above – challenge friends to participate
  • Consider a Facebook fundraiser during May to raise awareness and funds for valuable HSC work such as family services outreach and research support

Thanks to local and national volunteers our LightItUp4HD campaign was still able to gain lots of attention. With the encouragement from volunteers across Canada (and even the globe!)

Check out the 2020 #LightItUp4HD video (produced by Guelph, ON HD Hero, James Walters, with music by Peter Lehndorff), below. In Canada, 19 sites participated in #LightItUp4HD, while another 23 international buildings, monuments and other structures lit up in blue for HD and/or purple for JHD. In 2019, an international total of 42 sites participated – quite an achievement, given the COVID-19 challenges our volunteers faced! This, on top of numerous residential initiatives in Canada, Germany, Tasmania and the USA! Well done to everyone involved.

 


Here’s the complete list of 2020 #LightItUp4HD sites:

Canada

Alberta

  • Calgary Tower: Calgary, AB – May 1, 2020
  • Telus Spark Centre: Calgary, AB – May 1, 2020
  • 8th Ave. Canopy Lights/Galleria Tree Sculptures (by Bankers Hall): Calgary, AB – May 1 2020
  • Olympic Plaza: Calgary, AB – May 1, 2020
  • Glenbow Museum/Arts Common: Calgary, AB – May 1, 2020
  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium: Calgary, AB –  May 1, 2020
  • Reconciliation Bridge: Calgary, AB – May 1, 2020
  • High Level Bridge: Edmonton, AB –  May 22, 2020

British Columbia

  • BC Place: Vancouver, BC – May 15, 2020
  • Science World: Vancouver, BC – May 15, 2020

Manitoba

  • RBC Convention Centre: Winnipeg, MB: May 1, 2020

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Government House: St. John’s, NL – May 6, 2020

Nova Scotia

  • City Hall: Halifax, NS – May 9-11, 2020

Ontario

  • CN Tower: Toronto, ON – May 6, 2020
  • Signature Sign: Hamilton, ON – May 11-15, 2020
  • Pedestrian Bridge: Cambridge, ON – May 25-May 29, 2020
  • Cambridge Sign: Cambridge, ON – May 25-May 29, 2020
  • City Hall: Oakville, ON – May 25-31, 2020
  • Penman’s Dam: Paris, ON – May 4 -6, 2020

Australia

Western Australia (State)

  • Optus Stadium, Perth: May 1-2, 2020
  • Elizabeth Quay: May 1-2, 2020
  • The Belltower, Perth: May 1-2, 2020
  • Matagarup Bridge: May 1-2, 2020
  • Supreme Court Gardens: May 1-2, 2020
  • Graham Farmer Freeway Tunnel: May 1-2, 2020
  • Mount street pedestrian Bridge: May 1-2, 2020
  • Sky Ribbon Bridge: May 1-2, 2020
  • Council House: May 1-2, 2020
  • Trafalgar Bridge: May 1-2, 2020
  • Yagan Square: May 1-2, 2020

Regional:

  • Koombana Footbridge: May 1-2, 2020
  • Mandurah Bridge: May 1-2, 2020

Cyprus

  • Archaeological Research Unit (University of Cyprus): Nicosia – May 22-31, 2020
  • The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics: Nicosia – May 22-31, 2020
  • Cyprus Museum: Nicosia – May 22-31, 2020

Germany

  • Kiekippel Vineyard: Hergersdorf (Hessen) – May 22-24, 2020

Ireland

  • Mansion House: Dublin – May 11, 2020
  • Rock of Cashel: County Tipperary – May 11, 2020
  • Convention Centre: Dublin – May 15, 2020

Spain

  • Son of Espaces Hospital: Palma de Mallorca – May 5, 2020
  • Town Hall: Plasencia – May 5, 2020

United States of America

  • Skydance Bridge: Oklahoma City, OK – May 1, 2020

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