Last updated on 07/05/2024


Asthma Australia is asking schools to participate in its inaugural Free Dress Day in May event to raise funds and awareness for kids with asthma in Australia. The month-long event coincides with World Asthma Day, held on 7 May.

Children can go to school wearing whatever makes them feel happy and free. This might mean dressing in a tutu, superhero outfit or even their PJs. What kid wouldn’t love the opportunity to
dress exactly as they please for one day in May?

Australia has the second highest prevalence of asthma in the world. Eleven per cent of children aged 0-14 live with asthma with 42 per cent missing out on school because of the condition. It’s the
leading burden of disease for children and the highest contributor to hospitalisations due to asthma. Asthma stops kids in Australia from reaching their full potential and living freely from the burden of asthma. Asthma Australia’s Free Dress Day in May helps to shine a spotlight on this serious and deadly condition.

We’re reaching out to schools, parents and kids across Australia to select a day in May to get
involved. Parents can:

  1. Register their school at:
  2. Donate online on the school’s fundraising page or have their child bring a gold coin donation on the day.
  3. Unite for a day of fun, freedom and fundraising!

Michele Goldman CEO of Asthma Australia said “Every single classroom across the country has a child affected by asthma themselves, or a family member with the condition. Free Dress Day in May
is a great opportunity for the community to come together to show their support for kids with asthma in Australia, including those at their own schools.

“Free Dress Day in May is also an opportunity for Australians to get behind all people living with the condition. Many people with asthma put up with unnecessary restrictions to their lives, including not being able to exercise or enjoy outdoor activities because of their condition.

“We’re asking people to make a small donation to those hosting a Free Dress Day in May to support programs, service, information and resources to help us achieve our vision of helping people live
their lives with freedom and without the constraints of asthma, hence this year’s ‘free’ theme.

“Thirty-nine thousand people are hospitalised with asthma every year in Australia and more than half of these are children under 15. Our goal is to halve all asthma hospitalisations by 2030. We’re
looking forward to seeing the community get behind people with asthma in May to help us achieve this.”

For more information:
Contact Trinity Frederick, 0413 99 22 82