Every May over 50 buildings and landmarks around the world light up in Teal Green to shine a light on living with serious food allergies. This year Ireland joined in for the first time!
The ‘Turn it Teal’ movement started and run by food allergy mum Stephanie Lowe in 2014 in Ohio USA and thanks to her continued advocacy on behalf of the food allergy and anaphylaxis community the Turn It Teal for food allergy awareness campaign has spread from the USA to Canada, Australia, Jordan, Dubai and the UK and in 2019 to Ireland!
This year Allergy Lifestyle helped Ireland join the Turn It Teal for Food Allergy Awareness campaign for the first time!
Ireland’s first building to illuminate in teal green for food allergy awareness is the Convention Centre Dublin. We are so happy that The Convention Centre came on board to support this cause and illuminated in Teal Green for food allergy awareness May 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th’.
An impressive list of landmarks and buildings around the world have illuminated in teal green for food allergy awareness week in May including Cleveland’s Terminal Tower, The Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai, Victoria Bridge in Brisbane, The Seattle Great Wheel, Abdoun Bridge in Jordan and Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower. A full list of buildings can be found on www.turnitteal.org
In Ireland approx. 3% of adults and 5% of children suffer from food allergies with reactions varying from mild to moderate to potentially life-threatening. Eight foods; milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish account for 90% of all food allergic reactions but it is possible to be allergic to any food. Many more are affected by allergies to drugs, chemicals, insect stings, hay fever, eczema and allergic asthma and some by rarer allergies to water, sunlight or exercise. ‘A diagnosis of Anaphylaxis, the most severe form of an allergic reaction which can be life-threatening can be quite isolating and have a big impact on the quality of life for the individual. So a movement light ‘Turn it Teal’ is an opportunity to increase awareness and education about living with serious allergies and anaphylaxis.
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Thanks to everyone who came along on the night to support the Turn It Tela campaign
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