Koombana Footbridge lights up for awareness

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 

A global campaign to create awareness about a severe pain disorder will see the Koombana Footbridge lit orange early next month and again for 16 days to raise awareness about violence against women.

From Monday 5 to Monday 10 November the bridge will be aglow as part of Colour the World Orange which aims to highlight Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which affects about 35,000 people in Australia.

Eighteen new people contract the disorder every year which often develops after fractures, surgery, strokes or other trauma. It can cause unrelenting burning pain, swelling colour changes, body temperature dysfunction and many other debilitating symptoms.

CRPS is so painful that many people cannot even tolerate being touched, hugged, having a shower or wearing clothes. It affects both children and adults of all ages.

The 16 Days of Activism begins on 25 November on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10 International Human Rights Day. These two dates highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse.

During the 16 days, activists around the world use the campaign to further raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of gender violence, to celebrate victories gained by the Women’s Rights Movement, challenge policy and practice that allow women to be targeted for acts of violence and demand that violence against women be recognized as an abuse of human rights.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the City was working on a strategy to illuminate a number of the City’s assets alongside the footbridge so community groups could book in their own campaigns.

“The footbridge is a prominently-placed entry statement to our City allowing it to be seen by anyone who visits making it the ideal landmark to light up in support of these campaigns,” Mayor Brennan said.

For more information about Colour the World Orange Day click here

For more information about the 16 days of Activism click here