Events show head injury awareness importance
Did you know a brain injury could change your way of thinking, your behaviour/personality and stop you from going to work, participating in sport or taking care of those you love?
June is Head Injury Awareness month and THINK! The Head Injury Network for Kiwis is working hard to increase awareness of brain injury in the community.
With more than 36,000 new brain injuries occurring every year in New Zealand, it is very important to get the message out that brain injury impacts on the person, their family and the community as a whole, manager Ella Scheepers said.
Planned activities for the month include a display with home made baking in front of BNZ on Arawa St on Tuesday, June 16 from 9am-3pm as a fundraiser.
‘‘We would like to ask people to donate home made baking on the day, which can be dropped off at our display. We are also selling raffle tickets for a $100 meat pack from Matamata Butchery at our display on the day.
Raffle tickets are already on sale at Matamata Butchery, we acknowledge their continued support. People in the community are invited to support us and pick up information from our display,’’ Scheepers said.
A full day Living with a Brain Injury seminar with the topic Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury will be held on June 19 in Hamilton. Information is available on the website www.thinknz.org.nz.
Present will be a number of professionals as guest speakers as well as interviews with people who have sustained a brain injury.
Businesses, community groups and schools are also invited to participate in the annual Hats on Friday event on Friday, June 26. This is an event where people wear a fun hat of their choice to raise awareness of brain injury. Donations are appreciated.
For more information, contact the THINK! office on 07 839 1191 or email email@example.com.