Jun
15
1:00 AM01:00

World Elder Abuse Day

ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS WEEK 2017
Elder Abuse Awareness Week runs from the 15-22 June 2017, starting with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2017.

Elder Abuse Hits Close To Home
Unfortunately Age Concern elder abuse statistics show:
- more than three quarters of alleged abusers are family members
- more than half of the alleged abusers are adult children or grandchildren
- alleged abusers are as likely to be female as male

This years theme is 'Elder Abuse Hits Close to Home' because thousands of older New Zealanders are being financially, psychologically and physically abused by their own adult children or grandchildren. During this week Age Concerns around New Zealand will be holding events and speaking through the media to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect. It's not OK and it needs to stop. You can help make a difference by making a donation.

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Jun
12
to Jun 18

Mens Health Week

Men’s Health Week 12-18 June 2017

Every three hours one New Zealand man dies of a preventable illness. This has got to change and the good news is that you can change it! Challenge your mates during Men’s Health Week to get proactive and compete for the best health score.

Get a free men’s Pit Stop Health Check at participating Unichem or Life Pharmacy. Bring in your completed survey so you can talk to your pharmacist about your results and get a free blood pressure check too! Your pharmacist can also make further recommendations to you on how to look after your health. Waiting could cost you the race!

Small steps to big changes. Healthy eating and just 30 minutes of daily exercise can prevent some cancers, depression, type 2 diabetes and increase your overall wellness. Build your healthy foundations by reducing portion sizes, fats, salt sugar and alcohol and see how much better you feel for it! If you are stressed or your diet is not up to scratch a multivitamin can help.

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Autism Support Group

Supporting Families West Coast support families that are affected by someone with a mental illness.  They also support parents who have children on the Autism Spectrum or have ADHD.  They run peer support groups in both Greymouth (on the last Thursday of each month), and Westport.

For further information on these Support Groups please contact either Jo on 03 732 4566, or Karen at Supporting Families on 03 768 4290.

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Autism Support Group

Supporting Families West Coast support families that are affected by someone with a mental illness.  They also support parents who have children on the Autism Spectrum or have ADHD.  They run peer support groups in both Greymouth (on the last Thursday of each month), and Westport 10-12

For further information on these Support Groups please contact either Jo on 03 732 4566, or Karen at Supporting Families on 03 768 4290.

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Mar
21
1:00 AM01:00

World Down Syndrome Day

Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. 

Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. 

If you'd like to learn more visit the following site http://www.nzdsa.org.nz/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar
5
12:30 AM00:30

National Children's Day

 

KIA ORA, AND WELCOME

The 5 March 2017 is Children’s Day. Children are our treasure! Children's Day is a chance for all of us to get together and celebrate the precious young people in our lives.

Children’s Day – Te Ra O Te Tamariki, provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to give time to children. Children’s Day has been running since the early 2000’s and is on the first Sunday of March each year. Hundreds of events happen all over the country each March, some big and some small.

Children’s Day is about treasuring our children, including:

  • Giving time
  • Praising and encouraging
  • Listening and talking
  • Sharing Love and affection
  • Exploring new experiences

To join in on the Children’s Day celebrations, you can:

  • Organise and register an event, it can be big or small. Check out our event tips.
  • Attend events in your area.

You can download posters and activity booklets here.

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Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Melanoma Awareness Month

Check the skin you’re in during Melanoma Awareness Month

March is Melanoma Awareness month and Melanoma New Zealand would like to invite you to raise awareness of this terrible disease that affects over 4000 Kiwis every year.

New Zealand has one the highest melanoma incidence rates in the world. Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in NZ, with over 300 New Zealanders dying of melanoma every year – that’s more than the road toll!

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer you can get. It can progress quickly and can be life-threatening. Melanoma is treatable if diagnosed early but if the cancer spreads to other parts of the body then the prospects of survival are poor.

Early melanoma may not have any noticeable symptoms but melanomas usually appear as a changed or new mole.

If you notice anything new, changing or different on your skin, get it checked by a doctor. It could save your life!

Find a skin check provider in your area.

How to prevent getting melanoma

Most melanomas are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight, so avoid getting sunburnt whatever your age by;

  • wearing a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and clothing, and seeking shade where possible.
  • using sunscreen on skin that is not covered by clothing.

Protection is especially important between 10am and 4pm during daylight saving months – this when UV radiation is highest.

Using sunbeds and/or sunlamps increase the risk of melanoma. Using these treatments before the age of 35 is associated with a 59 percent increase in the risk of melanoma.

People from ethnic groups with darker skin (like Māori, Pacific and Asian peoples) have more protection against UV rays and so are less likely to get skin cancers, including melanoma.

Visit the Melanoma NZ website for more information or call them free on 0800 4 Melanoma (0800 463 526).

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Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

International wheelchair day

The Aims of International Wheelchair Day

  • To enable wheelchair users to celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair has in their lives.
  • To celebrate the great work of the many millions of people who provide wheelchairs, who provide support and care for wheelchair users and who make the World a better and more accessible place for people with mobility issues.
  • To acknowledge and react constructively to the fact there are many tens of millions of people in the World who need a wheelchair, but are unable to acquire one.
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Feb
26
12:00 PM12:00

Onesie Fun/Run Walk Fundraiser

Our Annual Fun Fundrasier is on again this year !!!!

Come along on the day dressed in your favorite Onesie and have a bit of fun walking or runing along the beautiful cycle trail.

Family friendly and fun for the whole famiy. 

This year this is no registration fee - Please just make a donation on the day to up us raise funds to Rainbow Kids West Coast Trust !

Start at Blaketown rugby rooms and walk / run to the Karoro domain and back to the blaketown rugby rooms. 

Walk or run at your own pace ����

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