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Awareness Days and Weeks

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Awareness Days and Events in Britain

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bullet 27 Feb - 11 March - Fair Trade Fortnight

A good oportunity to encourage students to think about where their food comes from and how they can help people in poorer countries.

bullet1 - 31 March : The Great Daffodil Appeal
The Great Daffodil Appeal happens every March and is Marie Curie Cancer Care's annual flagship campaign.

bullet1- 31 March National Bed Month
An awareness event organised by The Sleep Council.

bullet1 - 31 : Veggie Month
A celebration of vegetarianism and campaigning to inform schools, retailers, restaurants, community groups and others about the benefits of a veggie diet

bullet 1 March - St David's Day (Christian) - Patron Saint of Wales

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bullet 1 March - World Book Day
World Book Day traditionally took place on 23 April (Shakespeare's birthday and St George's Day). From 2001 this was changed to the first Thursday in March to avoid clashes with Easter holidays and allow schools to take part.

bullet 1 March - SIAD (Self-Injury Awareness Day).


bullet Friday 2 March - National Doodle Day
A day to raise funds to help people whose lives are affected by epilepsy and neurofibromatosis.

bullet 4 March Coffee Break
Coffee Break is simply a good excuse to get together with friends, family and work colleagues over a cup of coffee to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.

bullet 7 March - World Maths Day
World Maths Day takes place on the first Wednesday in March. Students from across the globe unite in a celebration of numbers over the internet. The event aims to lift numeracy standards in a fun and meaningful way.

bullet 11-17 March - World Glaucoma Week
World Glaucoma Day was developed in response to the concern over the worldwide increase in the number of people with glaucoma and the resulting increase in the number of people who could go blind from this disease as the population increases and ages, if they do not have the condition detected and treated.

bullet 8 March - International Women's Day
The 8th March is a day when women throughout the world come together and celebrate life as women, the progress made to advance equality for women and to assess the challenges that remain.

bullet 8 March - World Kidney Day
The purpose of World Kidney Day is to raise awareness about the importance of our kidneys – an amazing organ that plays a crucial role in keeping us alive and well – and to spread the message that kidney disease is common, harmful and treatable.

bullet 9 - 18 March - National Science and Engineering Week
National Science Week takes place every March. This year is has a new name. It is an opportunity for people of all ages to take part in science, engineering and technology activities.

bullet 12 - 18 March - Brain Awareness Week
Brain Awareness Week is an international effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to advance public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.

bullet 12 March - Commonwealth Day
Commonwealth Day is an annual event during which all the fifty-four member countries of the Commonwealth celebrate their links with one another. Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March, and the day is celebrated around the world, from the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen, who issues a special message, through Commonwealth Prime Ministers and Presidents to the citizens of the Commonwealth, particularly school children.

bullet 14 March - No Smoking Day
No Smoking Day is an annual awareness day that aims to help those smokers who want to stop by highlighting the help that is available and offering an opportunity to do so.

st patrickbullet 17 March - St Patricks Day (Christian) - Patron Saint of Ireland
Christian celebration of Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in early days of the faith. Parades to celebrate this day held all around the world where Irish people live. pr

bullet 18 March - Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day)

bullet 20 March - World Storytelling Day
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox.

flowersbullet 20 March - First Day of Spring - Spring Equinox / Vernal Equinox

bullet 21 March - World Poetry Day (National Poetry Day is in October)
World Poetry Day is always on 21 March. The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.

bullet 21 March - World Down Syndrome Day
The date was chosen to signify the uniqueness of Down syndrome in the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome

bullet 21 March - World Forestry Day
World Forestry Day is celebrated in forests around the world on 21 March each year as people take time to consider the benefits of forests to the community - such as catchment protection, providing habitat for animals and plants, areas for recreation, education and scientific study, and as a source of many products including timber and honey. World Forestry Day also aims to provide opportunities for people to learn how forests can be managed and used sustainably for these many purposes.

bullet 22 March - World Day for Water
This Day was first observed in 1993 and seeks to raise public awareness, and focus attention on the vital need to protect and conserve water resources and supplies of drinking water.

bullet 23 March - World Meteorological Day
Celebrated to commemorate the entry-into-force, on 23 March 1950, of the Convention of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

bullet 24 March - World Tuberculosis Day (TB Day)
World Tuberculosis Day is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of about 1.6 million people each year, mostly in the Third World. 24 March commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus.

bullet 25 March - British Summer Time Begins ( Clocks move forward one hour)

bullet 26 March - 1 April - National Salt Awareness Week
Aims to educate the public on the importance of reducing salt in the diet and how this can be achieved in a practical way.

bullet 26 March - World Purple Day
Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On 26 March people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.

bullet 27 March - World Theatre Day
First launched in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute, World Theatre Day is celebrated on 27 March throughout the world.

bullet 30 March 15 April Edinburgh Science Festival
Gives the children of Edinburgh and Scotland experiences of science that are
inspiring and confidence building and to engage all of society in the wonder and value of science.

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