Asthma show to visit
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.