Say it with roses - Valentine's Day AND National Condom Day celebrated in Civic
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Say it with roses - Valentine's Day AND National Condom Day celebrated in Civic

Staff from Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT gave out red roses and condoms to the lunchtime crowd in Civic on Wednesday, mixing romance with pragmatism.

Because while Wednesday might be Valentine's Day, it is also National Condom Day.

Pi Lee from Sexual Health and Family Planning gives a rose to Emily Bugden in Civic on Valentine's Day.

Pi Lee from Sexual Health and Family Planning gives a rose to Emily Bugden in Civic on Valentine's Day.

Photo: Megan Doherty

The day is about reminding people to practice safe sex and avoid sexually transmitted diseases by using condoms.

The result was a lunchtime crowd awash with red roses, most people happy to receive a bloom - and a health message - on Valentine's Day.

Dean Bissett and Scott Taylor were happy to receive a rose on Valentine's Day from Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT.

Dean Bissett and Scott Taylor were happy to receive a rose on Valentine's Day from Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT.

Photo: Megan Doherty
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SHFPACT worker Pi Lee said giving out roses was an enjoyable way to spend the day.

"People usually go, 'Awww, that's really nice'," she said.

And there was another sign of romance in busy downtown Canberra on Wednesday.

In City Walk, not far from the Ainslie's Sheep sculpture, some kind soul had put out a bucket of free flowers, asking people to take one if they knew someone who needed a smile on Valentine's Day.

A kind-hearted romantic left free roses in Civic for anyone who needed a lift on Valentine's Day.

A kind-hearted romantic left free roses in Civic for anyone who needed a lift on Valentine's Day.

Photo: Megan Doherty

It even came complete with some romantic music.

That's amore.

Megan Doherty

Megan Doherty is a reporter for The Canberra Times

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