The awareness day is organised by the Left-Handers Club and has run every year since 1992 and aims to help left handers celebrate been left handed and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.
In past years there has been a whole range of activities that have included left-v-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only, and nationwide “Lefty Zones” where left-handers creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess were celebrated. This year in addition to a range of of media interviews by the ‘club’ there was a gathering in Mullingar, Ireland (further details here and here), Left Handers week in the American town of ‘Niwot’ which translates to “Left Hand” in the Arapaho language (further details here and here) and ‘Lefty Round’ in the Australian Rules Football League (further details here).
The day is celebrated worldwide and has contributed in a number of ways to raise the general awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers can experience in everyday life, and has successfully led to improved product design for left handed people.
Left-handers days also highlight’s famous left-handers past and present, including amongst many more current US President Barrack Obama, founder of the NHS Nye Bevan, Winston Churchill, Robert De-niro and actress Drew Barrymore. You can see more by clicking here, along with a top 10 on the AnOther magazine website view-able here.