Email us with your event to have it listed on our Events page that contains list of nationwide events – and we'll send you some of our new kiwi stickers for your participants to wear!
This year, the day falls on a Friday – which means schools, retailers and offices are OPEN – a fantastic opportunity to start conversations about FASD. NOTE: you don’t have to wear red shoes to take part.
Please email us with details of your event – we’ll post it on our FASD Month Events page and send you stickers!
- Ask the principal at your school to get behind spreading the word about FASD to teachers (and students) on September 9. Use the school newsletter to put out a short piece of information about FASD to introduce it. You could download our graphic infosheet to help with this.
- Do the same at your office or even your church, the weekend before or after – the whole month of September is about FASD awareness.
- Have a Red Shoes Rock painting party. Go to a garden centre, beach or river and pick out some small, flat, oval rocks to paint to look like red shoes, stick a label with the FASD-CAN URL underneath and leave in public for people to find and re-hide. There’s an international page to load up photos of found rocks. All information for your rock painting is here (and yes you can buy ‘Mod Podge’ sealant in NZ, or use any other sealer).
- Hold a morning tea / breakfast / dinner! You could hold your event in the lead-up to September 9 (the weekend before?) because we’d LOVE to get your photos to put up on our social media for everyone to share! We hear red velvet cupcakes are particularly popular…
- Download, print out and put up our graphic infosheet – in schools, offices, hospitals, doctors waiting rooms, community halls, churches, local supermarkets (after making sure it’s ok, of course!).
Send a letter to your MP
We also have an email template (in PDF format) which you can download, copy and paste into an email, edit as you wish, and send to your local MP. It asks them to advocate to Parliament on behalf of all people in their constituency whose lives are affected by FASD.
Click here to view, download, copy, paste and edit the letter in PDF form (instructions also on how to find your local MP included).
Why start conversations with others about FASD?
- Do it for all those who were born affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
- For all those yet to be born with FASD.
- For the whānau who are raising children with FASD.
- For the tamariki who have yet to be diagnosed with FASD.
- For the adults who are living with FASD. For the adults who do not know that they have FASD.
- For the individuals who have a lifetime of medical and chronic illnesses because of FASD.
- For the kaiako and schools trying to support children who have FASD.
- For the communities who don’t know how to help families affected by FASD.
- For the medical and mental health professionals who want to know more about FASD.
- For the researchers who are trying to find answers to help those with FASD.
- For the justice systems that know we need new ways to support those with FASD.
- For the world to wake up to the knowledge about FASD!
- For the governments that must change to help those with FASD and their families.