Our two regular appeals generally occur in May/June and November/December each year. These appeals are purpose-driven, varying depending on where funds are most needed for the development and delivery of services.
In November 2017 our appeal focused on raising funds for the Arthritis NSW Rural Health Initiative. This funding enabled our health services team to develop and deliver community education sessions in three regional areas of NSW from July to November 2018. Based on the success of this initial program – in terms of community engagement and feedback from participants – our November 2018 appeal will support the roll-out of the Rural Health Initiative to more regional centres.
As in previous years, our appeal in May/June 2018 focused on raising funds to deliver our camps for kids and young people with juvenile arthritis and their families – Camp Twinkletoes and Camp Footloose. Without the funding raised from such appeals, these camps would not be possible.
Many thanks to all the generous people who have supported our special fundraising appeals.
Rural Health Appeal
Through the generosity of donors to our Rural Health Appeal last November, Arthritis NSW was able to develop and deliver the Rural Health Initiative to five regional centres in 2018: Bathurst, Parkes, Henty, Macksville and Albury.
The program was developed to give people in rural communities access to information and education to help them better manage their condition, with the aim of Living Well with Arthritis.
Following the success of these events, our plan is to extend the initiative in 2019, to reach more NSW regional communities that have limited access to health education and services.
Last year we raised $20,000. This year our target is $40,000 – to deliver programs to eight new regional areas. Can you help us reach that target?
Camps for Kids with JIA
Arthritis affects 1 in 5 people in New South Wales and it does not discriminate. The latest statistics show that juvenile arthritis now affects 1 in every 1,000 Australian children, currently 3000 in NSW.
For young people, the pain of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is not only physical. It can impact their self-esteem and confidence and undermine their sense of adventure, feelings of belonging and academic achievement.
Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW (AONSW) needs your support to help the many children and families affected by this disease. Our programs include two annual children’s camps, Camp Twinkletoes and Camp Footloose, which provide education and support to families and young people, and webinars featuring health professionals who directly address JIA issues.
Can you help us provide these valuable services by making a donation?