The Meanings Of Charity Awareness Ribbons

The Meanings Of Charity Awareness Ribbons


Use our awareness ribbons to bring focus to a special charity or event close to your heart.  Often used in memory of loved ones, perhaps in the colours of a favourite football team or colour they liked to wear, or to show your support to their favourite charity.

See our quick guide below to the most common charity ribbon colour meanings.

Red awareness ribbons are most commonly associated with the fight against AIDS and HIV; this red ribbon is also a symbol for heart disease, stroke, substance abuse, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and love.


The yellow awareness ribbon is often seen to support our troops overseas. it is also a symbol for MIA/POW, suicide prevention, adoptive parents, amber alerts, bladder cancer, spina bifida, endometriosis, & hope. A yellow ribbon with a heart is used to represent the survivors left behind after a suicide.


One of the most well-known awareness ribbons, the pink awareness ribbon is most commonly associated with breast cancer awareness campaigns; this pink ribbon is also a symbol for birth parents and childhood cancer awareness.


Burgundy awareness ribbons symbolize brain aneurysms, Caesarean sections (worn upside down), headaches, haemangiomas, vascular malformations, hospice care, multiple myeloma, William’s syndrome, Thrombophilia, Anthophorid Antibody Syndrome, and adults with disabilities.


Purple awareness ribbons are a symbol of pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, domestic violence, ADD, Alzheimer’s, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11, including the police and firefighters, Crohn’s disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, leiomyosarcoma, and fibromyalgia.


Lavender awareness ribbons symbolise general cancer awareness. They can also represent epilepsy and Rett syndrome.


Blue awareness ribbons are a symbol of drunk driving, child abuse, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), dystonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), alopecia, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Save the Music, colon cancer,  colorectal cancer, and anti-tobacco – particularly anti-second hand smoke.


Dark Blue awareness ribbons symbolize arthritis, child abuse prevention, victim’s rights, free speech, water quality, and water safety.


Light Blue or Baby Blue awareness ribbons symbolise childhood cancer, prostate cancer, and scleroderma.

Turquoise Blue Ready to Wear Charity Awareness Ribbons

Teal awareness ribbons are a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers as well as sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims worldwide.


Green awareness ribbons are a symbol of childhood depression, missing children, open records for adoptees, environmental concerns, kidney cancer, tissue/organ donation, homoeopathy, and worker and driving safety.


Orange awareness ribbons symbolise leukaemia, hunger, cultural diversity, humane treatment of animals, and self-injury awareness.


Pure White awareness ribbons symbolise innocence, victims of terrorism, violence against women, peace, right to life, bone cancer, adoptees, and retinal blastoma.


Awareness ribbons in Ivory or Cream symbolize emphysema, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and multiple sclerosis.


Black awareness ribbons are a traditional colour of mourning, melanoma, and gang prevention.


Grey awareness ribbons often symbolise diabetes, asthma, and brain cancer.


The silver ribbon colour is a symbol for children with disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, and mental illnesses such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.


Gold awareness ribbons are a symbol for childhood cancers.