Brain Injury Awareness Month – June 2021

Heads Up! Durham is a community mobilization whose mission is to weave brain injury awareness, prevention, policy and support into the fibre of Durham Region society (www.HeadsUpDurham.ca). Heads Up! Durham membership includes the Brain Injury Association of Durham Region, Durham Regional Police Service, Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, Complex Injury Rehab, Go Transit, Ministry of Transportation, Lakeridge Health, March of Dimes and many brain injury survivors.

June is recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month across Canada (Brain Injury Canada). The statistics on brain injury are alarming:

  • Brain injuries are the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44 in Canada
  • Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Canadian children! In fact, 30% of all brain injuries in Canada are suffered by children (Ontario Brain Injury Association)

Acquired Brain Injury is:

  • 15 times more common than spinal cord injury
  • 30 times more common than breast cancer
  • 400 times more common than HIV/AIDS. (Ontario Brain Injury Association Impact Report, 2012)

These statistics are even more frightening when we realize that most brain injuries can be prevented.

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Indigenous History Month – June 2021

Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle (BACC) is an Indigenous-led non-profit agency that responds to and advocates for all Indigenous people in Durham Region. Their goal is to build a strong sense of community, awareness, and cultural pride by empowering Indigenous voices, supporting family and community development, and celebrating the diversity of their knowledge, perspectives and teachings.

This year, BACC will be celebrating Indigenous History Month with another virtual celebration, and are hoping to include more community partners in this year’s edition.

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National Seniors’ Month – June 2021

Celebrations will take place in the month of June, in honour of National Seniors’ Month.

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World Sickle Cell Awareness Day – June 19, 2021

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is an annual event that has been recognized by the United Nation since 2008. In 2015, Canada has also federally recognized World Sickle Cell Day. This day was created to encourage global awareness and action to bring awareness through information, activities and concern. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most frequent worldwide, present in four continents (Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Americas and Southern Europe). There are an estimated 500,00 babies born every year with SCD. Some health groups, such as SCAGO are dedicated to SCD treatment and support SCD patients and their families. Health groups recognize that education and information communication play a crucial role in preventing SCD.

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Longest Day of SMILES – June 20, 2021

Operation Smile Canada has launched the Longest Day of SMILES to raise awareness and funds to help children with cleft lip and cleft palate around the world get the new smile they deserve – one that will change their lives forever. It feels great to smile and feels even better to make someone else smile through the Longest Day of SMILES.

From sun-up to sun-down, on the longest day of the year, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast are dedicating Sunday, June 20th, and the time leading up to it, to making someone SMILE.

With presenting sponsor LISTERINE SMART RINSE, Operation Smile Canada invites Canadians to join the SMILE movement and help raise 3,000 new smiles by June 20, 2021.

Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or both. This statistic does not change – even during a pandemic. Infants born with cleft conditions have nine times the risk of dying within the first year of life. For as little as $240 and in as few as 45 minutes, Canadians can help a child and change their life with free, safe cleft surgery and care.

Every dollar raised will be matched (up to $50,000), from now until June 20th – the longest day of the year! The Longest Day of Smiles is a great way to help children impacted by the pandemic, many of whom are waiting for surgery to repair their cleft conditions.

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