18 March 2020 – Media Release
This World TB Day on 24 March, local councils across Australia are committed to lighting up significant buildings to shine a red light on the global TB crisis and the need to stop it in its tracks. From Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne Town Halls to Convention Centres in Darwin and Devonport, significant monuments around the country will be lit in solidarity with the Global Light Up Red for TB Campaign.
As we are seeing right now, airborne infectious diseases have a devastating impact on communities, and with ten million people infected each year, TB is still very widespread.
Light up Red for Tuberculosis (TB) is a global campaign to draw attention to the 1.5 million deaths caused by TB each year and to show solidarity to the millions of people affected. Every year countries across the world come together on this day by lighting up a monument/building in the community/council/city in red. (You can learn more about the campaign here.)
Not many Australians are aware that TB kills more people than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. It is the world’s biggest infectious disease killer, and just like COVID-19 is airborne and doesn’t respect borders. Every year more than 1500 people in Australia suffer from this disease. What is more alarming is the latent (dormant) form of TB, which is estimated to have infected about one million people in Australia. If you have latent TB, the TB bacteria in your body are ‘asleep’. You are not ill, and you cannot pass TB on to others. However, the bacteria might ‘wake up’ in the future, making you sick with active TB.
Amelia Christie, CEO of RESULTS Australia, the organisation spearheading the campaign explains, “Light Up Red for TB aims to raise awareness about tuberculosis among people, who may not know about this disease or believe that TB is a thing of the past.”
RESULTS Australia started bringing councils in Australia into the campaign in 2019. In 2019 Australia made a fantastic beginning. This year, 22 major cities and towns in Australia are lighting up 27 buildings and landmarks red to mark World TB Day on 24 March. For more information, please visit our webpage.
Look out for a Light Up Red location near you:
City of Sydney, Town Hall
City of Wollongong, Wollongong Mall & Breakwater Lighthouse
Griffith City Council, Nancy Blumer Memorial
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Town Square
Northern Beaches Council, Town Hall Building, Manly
City of Melbourne, Melbourne Town Hall
City of Wodonga, Water Tower
City of Greater Geelong, Catenary Lights
Brisbane City Council, Brisbane City Hall
Cairns Regional Council, Munroe Martin Parklands
Ipswich City Council, Ipswich Civic Centre and Studio 188
Logan City Council, three water towers – Wineglass Drive Hillcrest, Telfer Street Shailer Park, and Brookvale Drive Underwood
Central Highlands Regional Council, Council Building
Maranoa Regional Council, McDowell Street
City of Darwin, Darwin Convention Centre
Devonport City Council, Paranaple Convention Centre
The Bell Tower in Perth
City of South Perth, Old Mill heritage site
City of Bunbury, Koombana Footbridge
The Corporation of the City of Whyalla, HMAS Whyalla Ship
Adelaide Town Hall, City of Adelaide
– END –
Contact: RESULTS AUSTRALIA
RESULTS International (Australia) is an international non-partisan advocacy organisation working towards ending poverty, and one of our priority campaigns is to eradicate tuberculosis. We have been working for over thirty years through a combination of staff-led and grassroots-driven volunteer advocacy with parliamentarians, aligned organisations and the media. RESULTS is also the secretariat of the Australian TB Caucus, a parliamentary friendship group committed to ending tuberculosis globally.