The Inaugural Worldwide Lyme Protest was held on the 2nd week-end in May, Friday the 10th & Saturday the 11th, 2013. The Friday inclusion was to allow for those that wanted to protest/rally outside of government and health departments that would not be open on the week-end. With the Saturday taking into account the fact that more general public would be around due to less work commitments.
Whilst this combination worked well for the most part, there was also some issues found to arise after the event. Due to conflicts with Mother’s Day in some countries, and only having a two day event (Friday/Saturday) due to respecting the fact that the 12th of May is international ME/CFS awareness day, the decision/vote was made by the founding country representatives to change the WWLP to the 3rd Week-end in May for 2014 and for every year thereafter.
WWLP 2014: Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May
Lyme disease/borreliosis awareness events and rallies will take place in over
twenty countries around the world to highlight the need for Lyme and other
tick-borne infections to be recognised as potentially serious diseases that
require the urgent attention of governments and the medical community.
diseases can have devastating effects on human life, yet they are not fully
understood by the majority of the healthcare sector. This situation will
continue until government health departments invest in research for accurate
diagnosis and adequate treatment of these diseases.
With over half a million new cases of Lyme each year worldwide education in the prevention and treatment of Lyme and other tick borne illnesses is long overdue.
Please join us to say enough is enough!! It is time to recognise the epidemic extent of Lyme borreliosis.
Note: The Inaugural Worldwide Lyme Awareness Protest was held on the 2nd week-end in May (10th & 11th) 2013. However, due to conflicts with Mother’s Day in some countries (and only having a two day event (Friday/Saturday) due to respecting the fact that the 12th of May is international ME/CFS awareness day), the decision/vote was made by the founding country representatives to change the WWLAP to the 3rd Week-end in May for 2014 and for every year thereafter.
The Worldwide Lyme Awareness Project - Australia began as a Worldwide Grass Roots campaign. Many advocates all over the world, joining together to bring as much attention to the inadequacies surrounding Lyme diagnosis and treatment as possible.
Some countries (including Australia) in this event were fortunate in being able to secure the backing of Lyme Associations to support some of the costs in this event. In Australia's case, the Lyme Disease Association of Australia (LDAA) came on board in March 2013, agreeing to cover some of the costs to event organisers by sponsoring posters, pamphlets and liability insurance (required by some of the larger events and buildings lighting up green).
To ensure this event is ongoing and continuing to grow in the coming years, the small three person committee of 2013 was expanded upon greatly in 2014. The LDAA not only continue to sponsor some of the costs, but have come on board to partner the WWLAP - Australia 2014 committee in the organisation of a number of national systems.
Both the Worldwide Lyme Awareness Project - Australia Committee and the Lyme Disease Association of Australia would like to thank all the organisers of events, as well the supporters of these events, whether that is through lighting up buildings, or donating venues, prizes, or goods for an event.
A list of the all supporters is given under the "WWLAP - Australia : Champions" Page. Thank you all!
2014 Campaign name change for Australia
Taking into account the nature of all of Australia's events (**), Karen Smith (Australia's International Representative) proposed that Australia changed its campaign name from Worldwide Lyme Protest - Australia, to the Worldwide Lyme Awareness Project - Australia. Members of the Worldwide Lyme Australia committee all confirmed support and voted to replace the word 'protest' with 'project' in their 2014 campaign.
The Australian committee believe the word Project better encompasses the nature of ALL of the events being held around Australia on the Worldwide Lyme Awareness week-end. Worldwide Lyme Awareness Project - Australia, was designed to still fit in with the WWLP acronym, and continues to campaign for the same aims of the mission statement as all other founding/participating countries of the WWLP.
**Australia's Events: The majority of Australia's events are centred around raising as much awareness and education in the wider community as possible. This situation regarding the events is because it was found that most event organisers were more comfortable organising awareness (rather than protest) events, where the more easy going atmosphere allows many more of the general public to be reached/educated on the dangers of Lyme. In the inaugural (2013) year, a conscious choice was made to keep Australia's 'protest' events to the state of New South Wales (NSW), as this is the only state with an 'official' government policy on the existence (or lack there-of) of Lyme in Australia.**
WWLAP - Australia 2014 Committee
In 2014 the WWLAP - Australia committee expanded considerably, to include not only National Coordinators, but also State Co-ordinators and Working Committee Groups
National Co-ordination :
Karen Smith WWLAP International Representative/ National Coordinator
David Trathen National Coordinator
Sharon Whiteman LDAA Representative National Coordinator