A Sea of Purple at Hamilton Lake
A Sea of Purple at Hamilton Lake
Wed 12 March from 545pm
Spectacular fun, Awesome Goody bags and Spot prizes!
Join a sea of creative colour at The Purple Walk on Wednesday 12 March, grab an awesome goody bag and go in the draw to win $4000 in fantastic prizes!
Co-ordinated by Insight Endometriosis, the event starts with a Gama Zumba warm-up at 5:30pm at Lakeside Innes Common with the walk heading off at 5:45pm to circuit picturesque Hamilton Lake.
Entry is just $20 and open to those aged 13 up, with proceeds going towards community programmes provided by Insight Endometriosis. Children and dogs are encouraged to come along and join in the dress-up fun.
Spot Prizes worth $4000 include a prize for the Most Creative Team as well as the best-dressed dog. The first 500 registrants will receive a fantastic jute goody bag at the end of the walk, packed full of treats and vouchers.
Now in its sixth year, an anticipated 500+ Purple Walk participants in spectacular purple will raise awareness of this significant condition, which can profoundly impair quality of life due to pain and fertility problems.
Insight Endometriosis Educator, Annette Evans said, ‘Purple Walk is an immensely fun community event, with world-famous-in-the-Waikato goody bags, and awesome spot prizes. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the silent epidemic of endometriosis. We can’t let 15-year diagnostic delays continue – women need to wise up that pain with periods isn’t normal. Endometriosis has wide impacts on study, work and family – for the sake of our women and teen girls, let’s get walking, and talking, about it!”
Grab some friends or put together a team, dress-up in your most creative purple, and join the fun at Innes Common. You’ll have fun, support a great local charity and help change the futures of thousands of Waikato women.
To register and for more information visit purplewalk.co.nz.
Registrations can be made until 11 March at Hardy’s Health Stores, University Rec Centre and online by credit card, and at the event from4:30pm (cash only).
Thank you to our
Insight Endometriosis extends a huge thank you to Print House and Naylin Appanna Women’s Health, for their generous support and awesome enthusiasm. Thanks also to other key supporters: Hardy’s Health Stores, University Rec Centre, Transfield Services, Gama Zumba, Any Audio & Video, Just Water, Eco-Pal, Cathy Bunce at Lodge Real Estate, St John Ambulance, Lions Chartwell, Eventfinda, Copierworld, all our spot prize and goody bags sponsors and of course of awesome volunteer team!
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain with periods, characterised by taking pain relief, bed rest and time off work or study. Endometriosis can dramatically impair quality of life and is a leading cause of fertility problems.
Educator Annette Evans from Insight Endometriosis said “our research has found long diagnostic delays of up to 15 years – often because women and teen girls ‘normalise’ the pain until it becomes overwhelming. One participant said:
“Endometriosis has crippled my body, my career, my life and my marriage. I am bitter and angry and I blame this disease…I was diagnosed at 33 …I wish I had known all of this in my 20s and my life would have taken a completely different course.”
Women of all ages need to seek help as soon as period pain begins to affect lifestyle. The GP’s can refer them to a gynaecologist specialising in endometriosis, or women can self-refer to a gynaecologist in private practice”, said Annette
Local charity Insight Endometriosis provides evidence-based information to help women and teen girls make informed decisions about treatment options and lifestyle changes, and community support so women and their families aren’t left facing a significant health problem in isolation. A priority is raising awareness through events like the Purple Walk, to reduce lengthy diagnostic delay.