Life and Culture Events May 2018

1st May – World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world


1st May – Skin Cancer Awareness Month

With 5.4 million cases in more than 3.3 million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early.


7th May – Red Cross Week

Red Cross Week is our annual fundraising event, which is held in May. People across the UK join in. You can too by organising a “red” fundraising event to show your support for the Red Cross. Ideas might include a dress-in-red day where everyone pays £1 to join in, a red cake sale, red face painting or a red themed party.


10th May – World Lupus Day

May 10th is a dedicated World Lupus Day. Lupus is a serious life-altering and fatal disease that requires in-depth understanding and support for the affected persons. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the unaffected and those affected to join hands and get involved in doing whatever it takes to fight this unpredictable and commonly misunderstood disease.


12th May – World Fair-trade Day

World Fair Trade Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of May and is endorsed by the World Fair Trade Association, the global authority on fair trade, comprised of over 450 member organisations from 75 countries around the world.


14th May – Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May – in 2018 from 14 – 20 May. In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues; it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week is now a firmer fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond. It’s organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and focuses on a major issue each and every year.


15th May – Deaf Awareness Week

Many people struggle with their hearing with 1 in 6 people in the UK affected by hearing loss, that’s around 11 million people. Of these 6.5 million are aged 60 and over. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages though.


21st May – Dementia Awareness Week

For Dementia Awareness Week 2017, we asked everyone to put aside their differences and unite against dementia – to urgently find a cure, improve care and offer help and understanding.


25th May – National Missing Children Day

International Missing Children’s Day is celebrated on May 25, the same day as the United States’ National Missing Children’s Day designated by Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Launched in 1998 as a joint venture of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the US’s National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN) is a network of countries that connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and images of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations. The Network has 23 member countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the US’s_Day


30th May – World MS day

A day to celebrate global solidarity and hope for the future. World MS Day is officially marked on 30 May each year. Events and campaigns take place throughout the month of May. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.