Our Annual Appeal starts at the end of September and we need your help!
This year’s Annual Appeal will focus on the difficulties that many people with arthritis are faced with every day. To show some of the struggles they encounter, Arthritis New Zealand is launching a new television campaign that will include celebrities wearing orange gloves to replicate the challenge of arthritic fingers, with the catchphrase ‘Could you handle it?’ This will help to illustrate just how difficult it can be to use everyday objects when you have arthritis in your hands.
Geraldine Brophy, who was recently on Dancing with the Stars, will continue her support of Arthritis New Zealand by acting as the face of the Annual Appeal, which starts with the National Street Day on Friday 25th September.Brophy was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis (OA) a few years ago and is still coming to terms with managing the pain in her feet, knees and hands. OA is the most common form of arthritis, and can be very debilitating to many.The annual appeal is hoping to top $550,000 this year. “We were just under half a million last year and I know collectors and volunteers will be going all out to top that,” says Sandra Kirby, Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand.
“You can be sure Arthritis New Zealand collectors will be very visible, in many areas dressing in our bright orange colour for the occasion.”
There’s an element of competitiveness between the divisions, seeing who can come up with the most eye catching displays – people dressing up as pumpkins and selling pumpkin soup, setting up displays of balloons, flags, posters and banners.
100% of funds raised will go directly to the work of Arthritis New Zealand.
How you can help?
Arthritis New Zealand relies heavily on gifts and donations to continue our work in the community. To donate, phone 0900 333 20, or donate now.
For details about volunteering, call your local Arthritis New Zealand Service Centre on 0800 663 463.
Our volunteers are so important to us and we really do appreciate the time they give up to help us enable a better quality of life for those with arthritis.
Arthritis New Zealand is the national voluntary organisation, which represents the interests of those with arthritis.We are an incorporated society with charitable status. Yet we are run by people like you, and many know just what it is like to have arthritis.
Apart from some modest government funding, we rely on your support with our fundraising initiatives to maintain and develop a wide range of support services.