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Each year, May is designated as the international awareness month for Cystic Fibrosis. This year its biggest event, 65 Roses Day, will be held in Melbourne on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of May.

Image Credit: Cystic Fibrosis Victoria


Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-threatening genetic disorder in Australia, with one in every 2,500 births producing a child with CF. Around one million Australians are carriers of the CF gene. Cystic fibrosis causes an abnormal build up of sticky mucous within the lungs, airways, and digestive system of a person with CF. This causes impairment in the digestive and pancreatic functions, and recurrent lung infections that lead to irreversible damage.

There are many ways to be involved in 65 Roses Day - selling roses in your workplace, organising a 'wear red instead' day at your school or work, or purchasing a bunch of roses for your home, work area, school office, or as a gift. This year Cystic Fibrosis will be fundraising in Melbourne's Southbank area and at selected train stations - selling roses and merchandise, and taking donations. Big W also stocks some merchandise.

The symbol of the red rose for Cystic Fibrosis and '65 Roses Day' comes from a common mispronunciation of the words 'Cystic Fibrosis' by young children.

If you would like more information about Cystic Fibrosis, where to buy a rose on 65 Roses Day, or are interested in volunteering, check out the Cystic Fibrosis Victoria website.
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Why? Fund research and improve lives
When: 27th to the 28th of May
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