IDFA is celebrating Rare Disease Day

28th February 2023

Rare Disease Day is the globally-coordinated movement on rare diseases, working towards equity in social opportunity, healthcare, and access to diagnosis and therapies for people living with a rare disease.

Since its creation in 2008, Rare Disease Day has played a critical part in building an international rare disease community that is multi-disease, global, and diverse– but united in purpose.

Rare Disease Day is observed every year on 28 February (or 29 in leap years) – the rarest day of the year.

Rare Disease Day was set up and is coordinated by EURORDIS and 65+ national alliance patient organisation partners. Rare Disease Day provides an energy and focal point that enables rare diseases advocacy work to progress on the local, national and international levels.

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Ways to get involved with Rare Disease Day

Though Rare Disease Day is patient-led, everyone, including individuals, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals, researchers, clinicians, policy makers, industry representatives and the general public, can participate in raising awareness and taking action today for this vulnerable population who require immediate and urgent attention.

Find out more about the ways you get can get involved below:

Join the #LightUpForRare Challenge on Socials

Light or decorate your home with the Rare Disease Day colours at 7 PM your local time on 28 February 2023. You can use garlands, social media filters, candles, disco lamps, colourful decorations… Let your creativity shine!

Take a picture of yourself with the illuminations/decorations you chose and publish it on your social media using #RareDiseaseDay and #LightUpForRare.

'Wear your Colours' for our Social Media Competition

We’re giving away one $100 e-gift card to the person with the brightest outfit. For your chance to win, upload a photo of you to your Facebook or Instagram page in your brightest colours and:

The winner will be selected on the 1st of March 2023 and contacted via Direct Message on the platform where they submitted their entry.

Hang a Poster

Help us create awareness this Rare Disease Day by distributing our poster.

Download the pdf, print it out and hang at your workplace, gym or local cafe.

Enter our Colouring-in Competiton

Download and print-out our Rare Disease Day colouring in competition for your kids or students to complete.

Once they’ve finished their masterpiece, send it back to us (instructions provided in download) by the 28th of Februray 2023.

Winners will be drawn on the 8th of March 2023.

Write a Letter to your MP

Help us advocate for people who live with a Rare Disease by writing a letter to your MP.

Download our template letter, fill-it-in, print and post it to your Member of Parliament. You can find postal details for your MP on the Australian Parliament House website, which you can find here.

Create a Lesson Plan

If you are a teacher or parent of school-aged children, we encourage you to incorporate or encourage your school to incorporate this lesson plan on explaining living with a rare disease to young children.

We have template lesson plans available for students aged 5-6 and 7-8 years. Download the template plans, adapt them as needed and start your lesson.

Attend our Special Rare Disease Day Webinar

‘COVID-19 and Immunodefiencies’

We are working with AusPIPS to bring this special Rare Disease Day webinar.

Come along to hear from a panel of experts on a variety of issues surrounding COVID-19 that people with immunodeficiencies face.