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The Worldwide Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week® (IHAW) is an annual initiative hosted by Hypersomnolence Australia. It is held every year in the first full week of September to promote and raise awareness of the sleep/wake disorder Idiopathic Hypersomnia.

We have seen the IHAW steadily grow since it began in 2013. Its success shows us that the IHAW is a very important and much needed event for the Idiopathic Hypersomnia community. In 2016 the IHAW official logo was launched as well as its own social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). We also introduced our first group of IHAW Ambassadors. Are you interested in becoming an IHAW Ambassador?

We believe the role of an Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week® Ambassador is vital to our ongoing success. IHAW is an international event so we are looking for representatives from all over the global eg: US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australasia. The Ambassador role is individual to each person however the aim is the same – promote Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week® within the Idiopathic Hypersomnia patient community and/or the general public.

These are just some ideas:

  • Promote the IHAW social media (encourage others to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

  • Change your profile pic and cover photo to one of the IHAW images during Awareness Week or use the IHAW Twibbon and encourage others to do the same.

  • Share IHAW posts and pics on your social media with your family, friends and in your IH patient communities.

  • Send out a group email to all your contacts including the IHAW media release or other information.

  • Volunteer your time and talent to help organise the IHAW (planning for the awareness week starts around March/April).

  • Organise a local event or activity.

  • Work with people in your area on relevant projects.