Arthri­tis ap­peal be­gins

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Arthri­tis New Zealand is hold­ing its an­nual ap­peal un­til Septem­ber 30 to try and raise funds to con­tinue its ser­vices.

An es­ti­mated 220,000 Auck­lan­ders live with some form of arthri­tis and al­though it is of­ten thought of as a con­di­tion that af­fects older peo­ple it can also hin­der the lives of chil­dren.

There are around 1000 chil­dren across the coun­try liv­ing with the de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­or­der.

‘‘There are chil­dren in New Zea- land who are tak­ing chemo­ther­apy drugs, not be­cause they have can­cer, but be­cause they have arthri­tis,’’ an Arthri­tis New Zealand spokesman says.

‘‘And there are par­ents who can’t hug their chil­dren be­cause it hurts too much.’’

You can sup­port the ap­peal by do­nat­ing to col­lec­tors on the street or tex­ting ‘joints’ to 5464.

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