Raising the public’s awareness of neurological conditions, the devastating effect they have on sufferers, families and friends is an important part of the Neurological Foundation’s work. It is through education and raising awareness of these disorders that New Zealanders will come to understand the importance of funding research into finding preventative measures, treatments and cures.
Any help you can give to raise awareness of neurological disorders and of the work of the Neurological Foundation will greatly assist us in achieving our mission. This can be done in many ways and we appreciate all efforts to help us in our work. Below are some examples:
Brain Awareness Week
This is an international drive to increase awareness of neurological conditions and research being done in this field. In March 2012, the Neurological Foundation held six Brain Days throughout the country, with leading New Zealand researchers speaking at each event and interactive stalls and displays from neurological support groups. For more information, check out the Brain Awareness Week website.
What can you do? Bring along your family, friends, school mates, or work colleagues to any of these events. This is the ideal time and place to discover more about the brain and brain health and to listen to some of the best neurological researchers in the country discuss their work. The Brain Days are free public events and are held in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
40th Anniversary Lecture Series
This is a series of free public lectures presented by our leading Neurological Foundation-funded researchers and will be held around the country, throughout the year. Updates on dates, times, location and speakers will be posted on the Neurological Foundation website and in local papers.
What can you do? Introduce anyone you think will be interested in research into neurological disorders by inviting them to attend one of our free public lectures. The subjects are always topical and cover the most up-to-date research being done in each field. This is a great opportunity to discover what is happening at the forefront of neurological research and to ask questions of our speakers.
Clubs and Societies
If you belong to a club or society and would like to introduce your fellow members to the work the Foundation does and the research we fund, contact us to discuss booking one of our Community Liaison Officers to speak at your next meeting.
While fundraising focuses on raising money, it is also a great way to raise awareness of the cause you are supporting. Whether it is a sausage sizzle, a bakery sale, an auction of items you no longer need, or entering an event in support of the Neurological Foundation, these acts are inspirational and a positive way to generate awareness of our work. For examples of friends that have helped raise awareness and funds for the Neurological Foundation, please see our Fundraising page.