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Supporting Arthritis NZ and Children’s Camp

Sharp is a proud supporter of Arthritis New Zealand. For the past 3 years, we have been running an annual fundraising golf tournament and over $45,000 has been fundraised for the charitable trust so far.

Philip Kearney, Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand - Kaiponapona Aotearoa explains the funds go towards their annual Children’s Camp event, which invites children with JIA (Juvenile idiopathic arthritis) and their parents to a weekend filled with activities and support. 

“The amount of money raised is massively helpful. Each year we fly or drive about 30 kids and their parents to Tōtara Springs in Matamata, and it’s a weekend that we have where the parents and child don’t need to pay for anything.”

Whilst arthritis is often associated with older people, it can happen to kids and teens too. Philip says the difficult thing about JIA is it’s not a disability that you can diagnose right away. Kids affected often need to take a number of tests and it could take 3 to 6 months for the child to be diagnosed with arthritis.

“You can imagine parents one day just suddenly discovering that their child can’t move. Literally they will be running around one day and the next day it’s almost like, everything’s stopped.

So what the camp does is firstly bring kids together, and they get a chance to play but they also get a chance to learn and have an amazing time. But the other thing is the parents can get together. We try to bring some parents back a second time because often they can support the new parents,” says Philip.

Arthritis affects one in six New Zealanders. To find out more about Arthritis NZ, visit https://www.arthritis.org.nz/

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