Breathe Better September is a national campaign for Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs. The campaign is run by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ to raise awareness of respiratory conditions such as asthma.
Baradene College in Remuera took part in the campaign, and lead organisers Georgia, Holly, Amelia and Annie spent weeks planning a fundraising and awareness week which took place between 4-8 September 2017.
“In a school where leadership is encouraged amongst young ladies, we were breathless with excitement to be given this opportunity and get the school involved for this cause,” says Annie.
“We came up with the idea of selling blue ribbons for a small donation from students to raise funds. We wanted something that would burst with colour pinned on our students’ blazers,” says Holly.
For every ribbon that a student bought, three ‘warm fuzzies’ were given which they could write a kind note to their friends or teachers, to be delivered before the end of the week.
“As a fun way of educating the students about asthma, there was a fact on each warm fuzzy such as, in New Zealand, over 521,000 people take medication for asthma,” says Georgia.
“We live in a beautiful country where the air we breathe fills us with energy and freshness. What many don’t realise is that those with asthma miss out on this. So we felt it was important to raise awareness,” says Georgia.