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Food Allergy Awareness Week 2015

11 - 17 May 2015FAAW logo website small 2015

The main focus for this year’s Food Allergy Awareness Week is to raise awareness about all the issues surrounding food allergies and anaphylaxis (a life threatening reaction) and calling for the government to take action. Read the entire media release here.

How can you get involved? 

  • Make the FAAW logo your profile picture for the week download it here.
  • Share photos of one of your ten nails painted to showcase your support for the one in ten children in New Zealand who are affected by food allergies
  • Send in your personal story to Allergy NZ 
  • Raise awareness in the media by volunteering via Allergy NZ to be interviewed (read more below)

Tell your story

In preparation for this year’s Food Allergy Awareness Week we are calling for people to contribute their personal stories as well as to come forward for the opportunity to be interviewed by national media.

These stories will help us raise awareness and show the many different ways food allergies affect the lives of kiwi families and individuals. We hope to use these stories in the media to be published as is, or to be put forward for further interviews.
Topics to consider:
  • Eating out
  • Schools and Early Childhood Centres. This could be from a parent’s, child’s or teacher’s perspective
  • Hospital visits including hospital food
  • Auto-injector cost, Birthday parties or other events
  • Finding allergy friendly products and the extra cost
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Child disability allowance or other financial burdens
  • Access to diagnosis
  • And any other allergy related experiences you which to share
Stories to be 500 words or less, and to please be sent to with your full name and contact details - required for the authenticity, not for publishing.

We thank you in advance for your help once again in another attempt to educate the public regarding food allergies and anaphylaxis.