MACS Awareness Week 2020
6 - 12 July 2020
Join us for a week of activities raising awareness of Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma. Including: informative content, inspiring stories and interviews.
An introduction to the week by MACS Chair, Robbie Crow.
Learn all about the three MACS conditions and how MACS helps families affected by them.
Meet an inspiring young person, Ryan, and find out how he overcame barriers to compete at the Special Olympics.
Focus on Microphthalmia
Meet Pearl and her carer Ruth, who tell us all about Pearl's favourite MACS activity - the sailing adventures, and how they have helped her increase her confidence and independence.
We also meet Ellie and her parents who share their story.
Focus on Anophthalmia
We meet Ted and his family who tell us about bilateral anophthalmia.
We also meet Amy, who tells us about her condition and tells us about her favourite MACS activities.
Focus on Coloboma
We meet Connor, who tells us how his condition has opened my eyes (metaphorically speaking!) to a different path that has bought him so much joy and new experiences he never even thought possible.
We also meet Ollie and mum Coral, who share tell us how MACS provided them with a support network over the years.
Focus on MACS Adults
Focus on siblings
We hear from Caitlin and Emma who share their experiences from a perspective of a sibling.
Focus on parents
Learning that your newborn baby has a MACS condition is a difficult time. MACS is here to support the parents on every step of their journey.
A mum and daughter duo, Kelly and Zara, who both have Microphthalmia, share their story.
MACS young person Elijah and dad Tony tell us how a MACS activity has helped them to strengthen their relationship.
Magic Matt Show - Saturday 12:30
On Saturday at 12:30 tune in to the MACS Facebook Page for a live stream of the fantastic Magic Matt show. This may appeal most to our younger viewers, but parents are invited, too! Saturday is our 'Siblings Day' so make sure to grab the entire family for a great show of interactive magic tricks.
MACS Quiz Night - Saturday 19:30
Saturday evening will see us host a Virtual Quiz Night! Throughout the lockdown period, MACS has been holding a weekly quiz for our members, and this time, we are extending the invitation to MACS supporters, our fantastic fundraisers, and anyone interested in MACS and our Awareness Week. We can't wait to spend the evening with you and show you what a great bunch we are! Please share the link with your friends - everyone's welcome! It will be an inclusive quiz with no picture rounds or any visual questions. The event will be hosted on Zoom and you can get your ticket here.
Meet some of our superstars!
So far we have raised:
How you can help
This year, MACS wants to raise £1,000 during the Awareness Week.
You can help us achieve that by taking part in Mini MACS Goes on Tour photo challenge. Donate towards our campaign and you will receive a free cuddly Mini MACS mascot, which you can take on tour around your home or garden.
Mini MACS Goes on Tour!
Take part in a Virtual Balloon Race for MACS!
Decorate your balloon and launch it to race in a worldwide balloon race!
Your balloon can get anywhere in the world while being environmentally friendly and not harming wildlife.
Balloons are a part of the MACS logo and what better time for a balloon race than the MACS Awareness Week!