Cystic Fibrosis NZ

Over 530 New Zealanders currently live with CF, a genetic condition that causes a build-up
of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range
of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body.

We receive less than 4% government funding and rely on the generosity of everyday New
Zealanders to meet the ongoing needs of our community.

With their help (and yours!) people with CF and their families receive personalised support
from our team of CF Social Workers, financial assistance during hospitalisations and
hardship, mobile medical equipment and more. We also contribute to promising CF
research projects and advocate on behalf of the community for better access to treatment
and care.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for the CF community. Even the
simple common cold can be deadly to someone with CF, so Covid-19 is a source of extreme
anxiety.

We’re seeing more and more people reaching out to our CF Social Workers for reassurance
as they struggle with their mental health and keeping on top of their treatment regime.
We’re also seeing an increase in asks for practical help with heating, warm clothing, and
access to essential services and food.

On top of this, we are entering the time of year when our usual support services are in
highest demand. Colder days, freezing nights, increased exacerbations and frequent
hospitalisations. When combined with the knock-on effect from the coronavirus pandemic,
we have no doubt this will be an incredibly difficult year for the cystic fibrosis community.
This fundraiser helps to support people with CF and their families through the pandemic and
beyond.

www.cfnz.org.nz

 

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