Each week Cornwall VSF plans to post details of forthcoming commemorations, remembrances, and awareness events for the coming week, every Friday.

The point of this is to help link local organisations with national campaigns, raising awareness of important causes (covering the whole of the voluntary sector). Scan through these dates and occasions, and see if any can be applicable to your organisation, then get involved on social media.

This post will cover occasions for week commencing 28 September, with a backtrack to whole-month events for September.

28 September

World Rabies Day

A day to focus  on rabies endemic countries, to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention. This year’s theme is vaccination and collaboration, with the three key issues being:

  • the goal of zero deaths by 2030,
  • the importance of dog vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis; and
  • the need for a united effort towards achieving elimination of this transboundary disease.

Find out more at https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day

28 September – 4 October

BNF Healthy Eating Week

BNF Healthy Eating Week – this week aims to bring together the UK to encourage and promote, healthy eating and drinking habits, being physically active, food provenance and cooking from scratch as opposed to eating out and ready-made, processed food.
For any organisations that wish to get involved, BNF (British Nutrition Foundation) have free resources on their website https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/hew/bnfhew20.html  and are encouraging people to follow @BNFEvents and @Foodafactoflife.

Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is an opportunity to celebrate all the fantastic things schools are doing to encourage cycling, and is a great way to kickstart active travel at school.
Sustrans has created a resource pack with fun activities for schools to run across the week https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/projects/2019/uk-wide/bike-to-school-week/

Whole of September

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, organised by ‘Children with Cancer UK’, helps to highlight the impact of cancer on children, young people and their families. Through vital awareness raising activities and ground-breaking childhood cancer research, they help save young lives and keep families together.

See the Children with Cancer UK website for details.

Urology Awareness Month, organised by the Urology Foundation to raise awareness of urological disease and raise funds for research & training.

It is estimated that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urology condition in our lifetime. Our urology health is vital to our quality of life. But diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more prevalent and devastating the lives of millions of men, women and children in the UK.

Find out more on their website.

Vascular disease awareness month, with a campaign around ‘step it up’ raising awareness, and fundraising, but also encouraging people to ‘step it up’ around exercise, healthy eating and stopping smoking.

See the Circulation Foundation website for details.

Blood cancer awareness month, looking at raising awareness of lymphoma, the most common form of blood cancer.

See the Lymphoma Action website for more details.

Whole of October

Movember supports work in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer research. Ways of fundraising this year include growing a moustache, running or walking 60km over the month, for the 60 men who die by suicide every hour across the world, host a virtual or in-person mo-ment, or choose your own adventure.

Find out more on the Movember website.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign taking place in October, involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Now aim to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support our life-saving research and life-changing support.

Get involved at wearitpink.org

Stoptober is back for 2020, with the primary aim of encouraging the nation’s smokers to make a quit attempt for the month of October and beyond. Stopober are offering free personal quit plans, as well as a free NHS Stoptober app.

Visit the NHS Quit Smoking page for more information.