Asthma show to visit

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

One man and one puffer­fish on a cru­sade for asthma – com­ing soon to a phar­macy near you.

Sailor’s Big Bike Ride Round Waikato will visit Mata­mata on Fri­day, July 6. Ian McMichael, com­mu­nity phar­ma­cist, Asthma Waikato board mem­ber and asth­matic, has set him­self a per­sonal cru­sade to visit ev­ery phar­macy in the Waikato over six days by bike.

Tak­ing his mate, Sailor the Puffer­fish, Ian will bike on av­er­age 120 kilo­me­tres each day to ful­fil his cru­sade.

‘‘ Some­one needs to do some­thing to raise aware­ness and funds to help ed­u­cate the 32,000 kids, their care­givers and the 41,000 adults in the Waikato with

said Mr McMi- asthma,’’ chael.

‘‘As a com­mu­nity phar­ma­cist I see so many fam­i­lies com­ing in for asthma med­i­ca­tion, peo­ple need to know that if they want help with their asthma they can go to Asthma Waikato.’’

Last year alone 387 Waikato kids were ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal, un­able to breathe.

Ninety seven per cent, or 376, of these admissions did not have to hap­pen. ‘‘That’s 387 fam­i­lies ev­ery year that go through the help­less­ness, anx­i­ety and fear of see­ing their child in hospi­tal with asthma be­cause they couldn’t breathe – and 376 could have been avoided through bet­ter aware­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and man­age­ment. But each year they’re not,’’ said Mr McMichael.

Asthma Waikato uses Sailor the Puffer­fish to en­gage with chil­dren when pro­vid­ing a range of pro­grammes that fo­cus on good man­age­ment of asthma.

On av­er­age it costs $250 for Asthma Waikato to ed­u­cate an asth­matic child and their fam­ily.

Ian’s bike ride round the Waikato will raise aware­ness of the ser­vices Asthma Waikato of­fers and raise much- needed funds for ex­tra nurses to ed­u­cate the large num­ber of re­fer­rals for asthma ed­u­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to sup­port Ian’s cru­sade, visit our web­site, asthma waikato.co.nz.

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