The Rotary Club of Pakuranga have invited Polio NZ Inc to join them in their Walk For Polio. The aim is to bring awareness of the need to continue with the End of Polio campaign and to push for the total immunisation of the few countries where polio is still found. We are wanting to do all we can to help in this cause and would like as many people with polio and their family and friends participate in part of this walk. Why not enjoy a day out? Contact Barry Holland 09 520 3679 or 021 505 711
Download a brochure here
Another honour for our man
JB Munro (QSO)
Parent to Parent, the support organisation for families and whanau of people living with disabilities, has honoured JB Munro for his early role in its establishment.
Their 30-year anniversary booklet explains: “No funding was available to start our organisation when the idea of Parent to Parent service was first suggested. JB in his role as the then National Director of IHC persuaded IHC to provide a grant of $5,000 to establish and promote the Parent to Parent service to other areas outside Auckland.
“Without his belief in our service, Parent to Parent would not be where it is today, 30 years later.”
JB was presented with a glass plaque and commented “it was very humbling”
Polio NZ President Edith Morris adds: “JB has had a long career in helping to establish many of the major disability organisations that are still going strong today. Polio NZ benefits from his long experience and knowledge of the wider disability sector. He is a valued member on our Board of Management and now Vice President.”
Read the December edition of Polio News as an online Clickbook here
CORRECTION TO DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
The WHEATFEET GIVEAWAY will be held over to next issue because the editor's e-mail address listed was incorrect and should be firstname.lastname@example.org
Humble apologies from the editor.
We at Polio NZ are very grateful to Family Care NZ for permission to reproduce these polio stories from their magazine.
Click here or on the cover to view online
• Polio then and now ... Edith Morris
• Coral and Ted ............Judy Walker
To request a free sample copy of Family Care magazine, phone Carers NZ's National Carer Resource Centre on 0800 777 797
• The theme of this year's Conference was "The Changing Challenge of Polio". Each speaker presented an aspect of this theme to those who had come to Hamilton from Whangarei to Gore. You can read the reports in the October issue of Polio News, download or view online here.
• The Duncan Fund has been a source of help to many members, for equipment, modifications and items that are not covered by normal funding services. Applications can be made to the Society by e-mail or post.
POLIO LIVES ON ...
... IN ITS SURVIVORS
The late effects of Poliomyelitis
This is the web site of Polio NZ Inc. (Formerly Post Polio Support Society of NZ Inc)
It provides information and support for the members of the society and others who have post-polio syndrome.
If you know anyone who has had Polio, we are able to help them with information and support through our 23 Support Groups throughout New Zealand: 0800 416 546
Our Newsletter comes out 4 times a year. The latest issue is now on line.
Download in PDF format or read in Clickbook format online here
Polio and Post Polio
- A prior episode of polio confirmed by medical history or obvious polio paralysis
- Residual motor neuron loss
- Years of functional stability after the acute illness
- Gradual or abrupt onset of new weakness
- Generalised fatigue leading to exhaustion, which may also have psychological effects
Polio Immunisation Statement
The risk of polio epidemics re-occurring in New Zealand increases while immunisation remains below optimal levels. Polio is only a plane ride away. Are all your family members immunised? If not, the crippling paralysis of polio could once again be a reality. The only prevention is vaccination. Act now with free immunisation.
Polio NZ Inc endorses current immunisation campaigns to protect the population against outbreaks of polio.