FAS Day is the short name for International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, which was observed for the first time on September 9, 1999, with a “Minute of Reflection” at 9:09 a.m.
It came about because a number of people on the online support group “FASlink” were feeling frustrated about the lack of awareness by professionals and the general public about FAS.
We were trying to figure out how to make the world more aware that woman should not drink in pregnancy – and also inform the world that millions of people throughout the world are suffering from brain damage caused by alcohol before they were born.
On September 9, 1999, events were held in communities across Canada and the U.S., and in South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, and Sweden. We also had individual volunteers in Australia and Italy. All of this was accomplished with volunteers and no financial resources.
Our international butterflies really did cause a storm.
The event generated enormous local media and on September 10, 1999, we decided to do it again in 2000 – only bigger and better! And then again the next year and the next and each year it has grown little by little.
Visit www.fasday.com to learn more – Join the fun!