– Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Launceston set to ‘Light It Teal’ For Food Allergy Awareness.
Throughout May, ‘Light It Teal’ will see many buildings and bridges around the world lit up in teal – the colour associated with food allergy awareness. In the United States, New York’s Empire State Building, the JFK Airport Air Traffic Control Tower, Seattle’s Pacific Science Center and Niagara Falls in the Buffalo/Toronto area are all getting ready to glow teal.
In Australia, Light it Teal has partnered with TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness to light up major landmarks in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Launceston.
Brisbane joined Turn it Teal in 2018 and this year will illuminate both its Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge on Monday, 10 May.
Perth also joined the initiative in 2018, and will put the spotlight on food allergy awareness by lighting its Council House and Trafalgar Bridge in teal on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
The city of Melbourne, which joined the initiative for the first time in 2019, will light up the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
Canberra, the nation’s capital city, will join the initiative for the first time this year; lighting the Telstra Tower in teal Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
While on the island state of Tasmania, the Launceston Town Hall will Light it Teal over four nights, commencing Thursday, May 20 until Sunday, May 23.
In 2017, Sydney, was the first city outside North America to take part in the ‘Light It Teal’ initiative.
May is Food Allergy Awareness month, and Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world.
Light it Teal was started by US mother Stephanie Lowe, who aims to light as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible to highlight Food Allergy Awareness.
Light it Teal has partnered with Australian journalist and TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness founder Grace Farah, who also has a daughter with severe allergies, to ‘Light it Teal’ in Australia and beyond.
In 2017, Australia was the first country outside of North America to join the Light it Teal initiative with several other countries joining since.
TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness founder Grace Farah says:
‘Shining landmarks around the world in teal has become a major feature of Food Allergy Awareness Month around the globe’.
‘When people see a building or a bridge lit up in teal it starts a conversation and raises food allergy awareness. It also shows our children and families dealing with food allergies every day that Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Launceston care … Australia cares.’
‘We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all the great people of Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Launceston who have helped light up some of their city’s iconic structures.’