To help raise the “We’re Still Here!” message – that tens of thousands of polio survivors are still here and living with polio’s late effects – we’re lighting as many landmarks as we can in orange during the second week of October.
Below are landmarks that have confirmed participation:
13 tram stops
Canberra Times Fountain
Malcolm Fraser Bridge
Ipswich City Council Building
Ipswich Civic Centre (every day except 14th Oct.)
Reddacliff Place steam sculptures
Unley Town Hall
You can help us raise awareness of polio and its late effects by contacting your local council or a landmark in your city or town and ask them to light up orange during the week of 11-17 October. Any attempts you make will earn you an entry into our drawing. Let us know who you contacted and whether or not you were successful, and your name will be entered into a draw to win a Bunnings gift card!
We have made it easy by including a template letter/email below. The template can be copied and pasted, with your relevant details in the [bracketed] sections.
Some councils or buildings will also have an online form – if so, you can just copy and paste the relevant text.
Please let us know who you’ve contacted, so we know just how orange Australia is going to be!
[Building or council name]
[Building or council address (if applicable)]
Dear [name of person or building],
My name is [your name], and [brief statement about your connection to this town, building or council, e.g. I am a resident of your council/I live in (name of this city)/I love to attend events in your building etc].
Lighting to raise awareness of polio’s late effects – 11th-17th October:
Polio Australia exists to represent survivors of polio and to raise awareness of the ongoing issues they face due to Late Effects of Polio. Our catchphrase is “We’re Still Here” – a reminder that polio has not been around in Australia for decades, but thousands of Australians (whether born here or overseas) still live with its effects.
October is Polio Awareness Month, and we particularly focus our awareness activities in the second week of the month. Our theme colour is orange, and we are aiming to get as many significant places as possible across Australia lit up to help us raise awareness. We already have several landmarks on board, and we would love your help and participation as well! Will you support our campaign by lighting [building/city/town] orange for the week of 11-17 October 2021, or on any specific day during that week?
For more information, please contact Stephanie Cantrill, Community Programs Manager at Polio Australia, on 03 9016 7678 or [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.