Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed. Proclamations are issued in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world. Bells are rung at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska. People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The first FASDay was celebrated on 9/9/99. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. Anytime is a good time to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
On September 7, 2012 the Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network in partnership with many community agencies hosted a flashmob at Kingsway Garden Mall to the surprise of many shoppers. Thank you to everyone who came out and danced while spreading the messages that there is no safe time to consume alcohol in your pregnancy and that support and help is available.