June 14, 2016

Asthma and Respiratory NZ

One of the aims of Better Out Than In is to fundraise for respiratory related organisations. This year, Better Out Than In is encouraging people to use their lungs to fundraise for The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ

About the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is a charitable organisation who has helped New Zealanders breathe easier for over 50 years. As New Zealand’s leading authority on asthma and other respiratory conditions, we advocate to government, fund research, educate on best practice and raise awareness for 700,000 Kiwis living with a respiratory condition. We do all this and more with no government funding, relying on the help of others to continue our work.

Funds raised from Better Out Than In’s 100 day challenge will go to the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s research programme. The overall aim of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ research programme is to build knowledge so that effective action can be taken to improve respiratory health.

“We need research to tell us about respiratory disease, who has it, what causes it and what actions would most help to lessen its impact.  We need information to tell us what interventions are likely to make the most difference, and without research we are just guessing in the dark,” says research and projects manager, Kathy Lys.

The research programme will focus on implementing the goals of Te Hā Ora: National Respiratory Strategy by:

  • Supporting research that fills gaps in the evidence base, addresses equity in services and outcomes for Māori, Pacific and low income communities, and is action-oriented and easily translated into practice.
  • Sharing information by presenting research in ways that generate interest and awareness of respiratory health and encourage practical application of evidence-based information.
  • Building sustainability in the field of respiratory research through funding research, working with key partners, and encouraging future respiratory researchers.

Inspired to use your lungs to fundraise for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation? Sign up to the 100 day challenge!