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Awareness Days and Weeks

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Awareness Days and Events in Britain

Folk, Fact and Sayings about May

bullet May - Local and Community History Month
The aim of the month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate.

Activities happen across the UK and include trips, library exhibitions and local lectures. It is a great way for groups to highlight local history and for local people to get involved.

bulletMay - National Share-a-Story Month
Bedtime stories, fairy stories, any other story you can think of! Everyone loves a story! Throughout May the Federation of Children's Book Groups is celebrating the power of story.

bullet1 May - May Day

bullet1 May - International Dawn Chorus Day
The Wildlife Trusts’ International Dawn Chorus Day, is an annual celebration of the world’s oldest wake-up call – the dawn chorus – and the beauty of bird song. The day is now truly anInternational event, celebrated as far away as France, Italy, Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand.

bullet2 - 8 May - Global Campaign for Education Action Week
Global Campaign for Education started in 1999.  School fees have been dropped in many countries, millions more children can now go to school and the UK has just pledged $15 billion to education, which gives real promises that education for all might become a reality

bullet4 May - International Firefighters' Day
International Firefighters' Day (IFFD) is observed on 4 May.
(May 4 is a traditional Firefighters' Day in many European countries, because it's the day of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters.)

bullet7 - 13 May - Deaf Awareness Week
The theme 'Look at Me' aims to improve understanding of the different types of deafness by highlighting the many different methods of communication used by deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people, such as sign language and lipreading.

bullet3 May - World Asthma Day
World Asthma Day is observed on the first Tuesday in the month of May. It is an opportunity for localcommunities toraise awareness about autism.

bullet7 May - Early May Bank

bullet8 May - World Red Cross Red Crescent Day
Celebrated since May 1948 throughout the world on the anniversary of the founder of the Red Cross.

bullet9 May - Europe Day
Europe Day, 9 May, marks the anniversary of the day in 1950 when the European Union was conceived. French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman gave a speech calling for European countries to combine their coal and steel production under a single European institution, paving the way to our current European Union.

bullet12th – 19th May - National Doughnut Week

For seven days every year, bakers up and down the country sell doughnuts to raise money for The Children's Trust. Every doughnut sold by participating bakers in National Doughnut Week raises money for The Children’s Trust, a national charity that provides specialist care and rehabilitation for children with multiple disabilitie

bullet14 May 2010 - World Fair Trade Day
A celebration of Fair Trade internationally, with events organised worldwide.

bullet15 - 21 May Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week is an annual door-to-door fundraising drive by the charity Christian Aid. Christian Aid works with 700 local organisations across 50 developing countries. Working with poor communities, it trains people to deal with the effects of climate change and prepares them for the threat of natural disasters.

bullet15 - 22 May - British Sandwich Week

bullet12 May - Limerick Day
Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of Writer Edward Lear (1812-1888).  It also, of course, celebrates Limerick poems. Limericks were popularized by Lear in 1846 in his Book of Nonsense".

bullet16 - 29 May - Foster Care Fortnight
The annual recruitment campaign, co-ordinated by UK-wide charity the Fostering Network, will focus on the shortage of almost 10,000 foster carers across the UK.

bullet18 - 29 May - Be Nice to Nettles Week

bullet 16 - 20 May - Walk to School Week
Walk Once a Week is a year-round walking promotion scheme. It encourages parents and pupils to walk to school at least once a week throughout the school year.

bullet20 May - Friendship Funday
A fun and creative fundraising event for primary schools. Find out about life in a school in another country. Raise money to support Save the Children's work with vulnerable children.
noise action week

bullet23 - 27 May - Noise Action Week
Noise Action Week raises awareness about noise, noise issues and promoting a responsible attitude to noise.

bullet29 May 2010 - Oak Apple Day
Oak Apple Day was a holiday celebrated in England on 29 May to commemorate the restoration of the monarchy in Britain and Ireland, in May 1660. In some parts of the country, the day was also known as Shick-Shack Day or Arbour Day.

bullet30 May - Spring Bank Holiday

bullet31 May - World No Tobacco Day
Celebrated around the world to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.


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