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CDH Sunflower Sunday

November 14


For CDH families, the sunflower inspires hope, warmth and strength. On the second Sunday of November each year, we hold our annual awareness event for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) –– the event is named CDH Sunflower Sunday.

Sunflowers hold different meanings in different cultures. For example, in Greek mythology it is the symbol of the water nymph Clytie, who after grieving the loss of her love Apollo, turns into a sunflower whose face always follows the sun.

Chinese lore says the sunflower is a symbol of longevity and luck, and is linked to immortality. Some esoteric Christian faiths believe that the sunflower holds healing powers. 

For us, sunflowers inspire hope after a period of darkness; of finding light.

*Online registrations will open closer to the event date

What is CDH Sunflower Sunday?
CDH Sunflower Sunday is our annual awareness event. This day aims to build community support for one another, and to raise the profile of this rare birth condition. It is a beautiful event with one key goal: to ensure no family faces CDH alone.

Throughout the year, our community members share experiences and solidarity via our online support groups. CDH Sunflower Sunday was developed so we could meet in person, make new friends, catch up with old friends, and share hope and compassion.


Location and registration
Traditionally, we host family picnics at selected locations across the country where you can come together with other members of the CDH community to reflect, celebrate, and raise awareness. 

If you are unable to make it to a community site, or if you would like to host your own event in your local community, or at home with your family –– we can provide you with a free event pack. 


Ideas for taking part at home

  • Prepare a delicious CDH Sunflower Sunday picnic
  • Make sunflower cupcakes for a CDH morning tea (we can provide the cake toppers!)
  • Host a virtual video lunch with friends and family
  • Blow bubbles into the sky to pay tribute and remember our CDH angels
  • Go on a CDH Awareness walk in your neighbourhood –– be sure to wear yellow
  • Start a fundraiser –– an online fundraiser is an excellent way to raise awareness and support the CDH community

Fundraise for CDH Sunflower Sunday
During the event registration process, you will be given the option to fundraise for CDH Australia. CDH Sunflower Sunday is our biggest fundraising event and the money raised helps us fund our services throughout the year. 

Your help to encourage donations makes a big difference, and the money raised ensures we can support families affected by congenital diaphragmatic hernia across Australia. Fundraising and donations help us to fund medical research, provide support services, publish the website and educational support content, facilitate events, and provide hope. 


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