Events show head in­jury aware­ness im­por­tance

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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 ad­min@thinknz.org.nz.

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