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Rural Women NZ event talks health


The northern region of Rural Women New Zealand is holding a Talk Health Day in Waipu on Thursday July 8 for all women in the area who are interested in attending and hearing a great line-up of guest speakers.

In the early days Rural Women NZ (RWNZ) was known as the Women’s Division of the Farmer’s Union and was established to be an authoritative voice on health services, education, environment and social issues in the rural sector. This continues to be the focus of the organisation as it seeks to strengthen, support and connect people and communities in the rural areas of New Zealand. RWNZ endeavours to provide a wide range of options for women and girls who have any connection with the rural sector to be empowered and encourages them to develop their skills and talents as well as providing social and business networking opportunities.

A RWNZ national project for 2021 is all about Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Ovarian cancer is one of the five gynaecological cancers affecting women in New Zealand and RWNZ seeks to increase education about these and hopefully improve the outcomes for women who receive a diagnosis through supporting research and treatment options available. Tash Crosby from Talk Peach will be speaking at the Talk Health Day to provide information on gynaecological disease. Tash tells of her own story of being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer which is what drove her to establish Talk Peach as a vehicle for educating others and providing support for those who have been diagnosed.

Other speakers during the day will be team members from the Waipu Natural Health Centre. This team of treatment providers are expert therapists and in-house consultants who, through using a range of therapies, are able to help everyone achieve true health. Everyone who attends the day will come away well equipped to understand the journey towards a healthier, more balanced body and mind.

To complete the team of speakers for the day, Julie Jonker will reflect on her time with the Rural Support Trust with an emphasis on mental wellbeing in the rural community. Mental wellbeing is vitally important for everyone and it is important to understand how we can all look after ourselves and know where and when to seek help if required.

Rural Women New Zealand is hosting this day and extends an invitation to all women in the region to head along and join in. The organisation welcomes all women who have any connection to the rural community to get involved in any of their activities and events. The venue for the day is The Celtic Barn, Waipu. Join us from 9.30am – 2.15pm. Cost is $10 for non-members and lunch will be provided.

n For further information contact Heather Sorensen, heathersorensen55@gmail.com.

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