Press Release – Endometriosis New Zealand
A special breakfast to be held at the International Ellerslie Flower Show one month from now is set to raise funds for a disease affecting tens of thousands of women and girls throughout the country.February 8 2012
Endometriosis New Zealand to Host Inaugural Breakfast at Ellerslie Flower Show
A special breakfast to be held at the International Ellerslie Flower Show one month from now is set to raise funds for a disease affecting tens of thousands of women and girls throughout the country.
The inaugural breakfast will be held on Thursday 8 March, which is also International Women’s Day, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to support Endometriosis New Zealand, a Christchurch based national charitable trust.
Deborah Bush (QSM), Chief Executive of Endometriosis New Zealand, is delighted Canterbury women will be some of the first in the world to celebrate International Women’s Day and hopes to raise more awareness for endometriosis.
“This breakfast ties everything together perfectly – March is Endometriosis Awareness Month so we are excited to launch this event at an occasion such as the Ellerslie Flower Show. Endometriosis New Zealand relies solely on donations and fundraising so this really means the world to us.”
International Women’s Day is the global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. The international theme for 2012 is ‘Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures,’ and it is hoped this theme will help raise awareness for endometriosis, one of the last medical taboo’s of modern society.
Tickets to the breakfast are now on sale and can be purchased from www.360endo.eventbrite.com
• Endometriosis (pronounced ‘end-oh-me-tree-oh-sis’) is a common disease affecting one in ten New Zealand women and girls
• It creates major human and financial burdens for individuals, families, health and welfare services and facilities, schools and work-place productivity
• Evidence shows that girls and women experience a diagnostic delay of 8+ years from first presentation of symptoms to a doctor
• Women are frequently misdiagnosed and may have undergone unnecessary and expensive investigations
• There are approximately 126,000 girls and women with endometriosis in New Zealand
• Canterbury women, in particular, are more vulnerable than ever as stress often makes chronic pain and symptoms worse.
• The demand for the services of Endometriosis New Zealand are greater than ever, however the ability to respond to the demand has been compromised by losses incurred through the cancellation of fund raising events from the Canterbury earthquakes.