Since 1904, lung health associations have raised millions of dollars in funds for lung diseases by selling Christmas or TB seals. The Union historically honoured these important fundraising and public-awareness campaigns by inviting Heritage and Organisational Members to display their seals at the Union World Conference. Then, in one of the conference's most colourful traditions, members attending the Union World Conference vote for their favourite seals. Certificates are received for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
The 2020 Christmas Seals Contest
The 2020 Christmas Seals contest is now open for voting. This year voting is open to the public.
Please vote for your favourite Christmas Seal. Select from the five entries below.
Winners will be announced at The Union World Conference on Lung Health closing ceremony and thereafter published here.
The theme of the seal, which was designed by tuberculosis (TB) survivor and illustrator Toru Asai, is ‘life’. The Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA) has been producing Christmas Seals since 1952, with the aim of both raising funds and raising public awareness of TB.
In 2019, JATA sold 169,200 large sheets of 24 seals each and 1.1 million small sheets of six seals each. This activity has generated US$2.5 million, which supports building public awareness programmes and training programmes for health care workers in Japan. In addition to conducting projects to support national TB control programs in developing countries, with the focus currently being on Zambia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Nepal.
The theme of the seal is Pengsoo’s Christmas in Antarctica. The cute and humorous Pengsoo is intended to shake off all the difficult things of this year and give hope that good things will come in 2021.
The Korean National Tuberculosis Association has been producing Christmas seals since 1953. In 2019, the Korean National Tuberculosis Association sold 665,114 seals, raising almost US$1.7 million. The funds raised from the seals have created public awareness of TB and motivated the public to do their own fundraising efforts.
The theme of the seal is ‘Hope’. It is a call to not be discouraged by the current health crisis, but rather be inspired by the opportunity it brings to be of service to those in need. The Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) has been producing Christmas seals since 1910.
In 2019, PTSI raised US$34,793. Funds raised have supported community outreach programmes including case finding, contact tracing and advocacy and educational activities.
The theme ‘Duo Sia; Duo Sia’, are homophones of ‘many shrimps’ in Mandarin and ‘many thanks’ in Taiwanese, which are to express the appreciation from everyone supporting public welfare. The Taiwan Anti-tuberculosis Association has been producing seals since 1954.
In 2019, the Taiwan Anti-tuberculosis Association raised US$13,397. Funds have helped support the Centers for Disease Control’s Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (DOTS).
The Anti TB Association of Thailand has been producing Christmas seals since 1961. In 2019, Anti TB Association of Thailand have sold approximately 100,000 seals, raising US$33,558 in revenue, which has gone towards supporting people affected by tuberculosis.
2019 Christmas Seals Exhibit and Contest
At the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India, Heritage and Organisational Members from seven countries participated in this year's Christmas Seals Exhibit and Contest. Union members voted for their favourite seals either online or at The Union Village.
Results of the contest were presented at the General Assembly on Friday, 1 November.
Winners of the 2019 contest
2018 Christmas Seals Exhibit and Contest
At the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague, The Netherlands, Heritage and Organisational Members from nine countries participated in this year's Christmas Seals Exhibit and Contest. Union members voted for their favourite seals either online or at The Union Village.
Results of the contest were presented at the General Assembly on Friday, 26 October.
Winners of the 2018 contest
2017 Christmas Seals Exhibit and Contest
At the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara, Mexico, Heritage and Organisational Members from all over the world participated in the Christmas Seals Exhibit and Contest.
Winners of the 2017 contest