During the week of 11-17 October 2020 Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week was an opportunity for individuals and families as well as Haemophilia Foundations and other organisations to take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia, von Willebrand disease and related inherited bleeding disorders throughout Australia.
What a different year it has been! With COVID-19 restrictions different in each state/territory, we moved to a virtual campaign. We had many fun activities for all ages, such as the colouring in competition, an online quiz, Zoom and Facebook Live information sessions and a cupcake baking class.
Test your knowledge with the Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week Quiz – click here for the quiz
A highlight of the week was a Live Chat Q&A session with Chris Bombardier about his movie Bombardier Blood. Chris shared his experience of climbing Mount Everest. We also had our own Australian rock climbers, the Godwin brothers, tell their story about climbing the rockface El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in the USA last year. You can buy and watch the Bombardier Blood movie here. See the article Climbing mountains with severe haemophilia in this issue of National Haemophilia for a report on the Live Chat session.
The theme was One Community, Many Faces and we showcased our community and highlighted the many different bleeding disorders and experiences. Short versions of the stories have been included in this issue of National Haemophilia. You can read the full stories and watch the videos on the HFA website.
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