The International Left-Handers Day on Aug 13 is an annual event where left-handers everywhere can celebrate their uniqueness.
This event is now celebrated worldwide, and in the U.K. alone, there were over 20 regional events to mark the day in 2001 including a left-handed tea party and nationwide “Lefty Zones” where the creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess of left-handers were celebrated. On that day, right-handers too were encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel to use the wrong equipment!
It all started with the formation of The Left-Handers Club in 1990 by Keith and Lauren Milsom. The club aims to provide help, advice and the development of new left-handed items. They think that lefties should celebrate their right to be left-handed. So the couple launched the first International Left-Handers Day.
Since its formation, the club has gone from strength to strength with members all over the world and is highly regarded as the foremost pressure group and advice centre covering all aspects of left-handedness.
Most notably, campaigns by the Left-Handers Club have been responsible for the modification of potentially dangerous hand-held power tools, the introduction of left-handed cheque books and the production of the only training video to show the best way to assist basic skills of handwriting and cutting without difficulty or discomfort.
Public awareness of the needs of left-handers will grow with the unity of left-handers in standing up for their right to be left.