Allergy Awareness Week (AAW), Sunday 12 May to Saturday 18 May, is also a time to have fun while fundraising to support national allergy education by Allergy New Zealand.
Despite the need for all of us to take allergies seriously, we recognise we can also have fun raising awareness of them. Kiwis’ ability to share fun in adversity is a big part of inspiring resilience in our allergy families and demonstrates a strength and courage that is respected by others in our communities.
Edyn Rubena-Misilisi (#4Edyn) was a warm and inspirational young New Zealander who died from anaphylaxis in November last year. Her parents, Morris and Bonita, are extraordinary parents. Despite their loss, they have thrown themselves in to the role that they know Edyn would have supported – educating their Māori, Pacific and wider communities about the need to take allergies seriously. They have some fantastic messages to share.
On Saturday 18 May, at the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club, they are hosting a night of fun, music and mayhem in memory of Edyn, with all proceeds going to Allergy New Zealand. Please book here.
The fun doesn’t stop there!
On Saturday 23 March, the Mt Eden Rotary Club is hosting a Quiz Night at the Alexander Park Function Centre from 6.30pm. Again all funds raised will support allergy education by Allergy New Zealand. Please check out the details on our home page or grab yourself and five friends for a great night out. Find out more here.
And, lastly, we congratulate Renee Floyd who successfully completed her Couch to 55km Triple Peaks challenge in the Hawkes Bay on Saturday 9 March – a tremendous effort to raise funds for Allergy New Zealand in the name of her daughter, Georgia, who manages a number of tricky allergies.