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International FASD Day

Wed, 8 Sep 2004

Press release

International FASD Day

With the world timeline NZ is the first to start this day then as the sun goes around the earth each participating Country also takes up this cause. What is FASD Day? September 9 at 9 minutes past 9 we take 1 minutes silence for all those people effected with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and it's associated disabilities. Why so precise about the time and day?

Because this is the time an unborn fetus is completely reliant on its mother. World Statistics show that 1.3 per 1000 full FASD and 1 in 100 Spectrum Disorder babies are born with this disability, . In New Zealand it has not been recorded how many people suffer with this disability. Alcohol exposure during pregnancy is the leading cause of mental health issues, interlectual disabilities, and can cause memory deficits, hyperactivity, birth defects, and death. If you are pregnant, or think you might be, it is best to stay alcohol free, for you and for your baby. If you require any further information contact us at Fetal Alcohol Support Trust 07 847 6752. FASD is the only 100% preventable disability.

Hold one minutes silence for all those people born with FASD and associated disabilities.

This starts in New Zealand as we are the first to see the sun on this day. Wear a butterfly to help promote FASD Day in NZ. The oscillation off butterfly wings in NZ may set of storms around the world.

ENDS


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