CRS Ladies’ Health Day 2019

Every year, CRS hosts an event for women to learn about their health and wellbeing. This year’s event was held on 22 November at the Aranui Wainoni Community Centre, and was attended by 73 women and 31 children from 16 ethnicities.

CRS staff introduce the event

The event started with some introductory remarks by CRS staff, who outlined the way in which the event would be run. As in previous years, attendees were divided by language into several groups (four groups this year), each with an interpreter, and participated in different programmes throughout the morning.

The first programme was an open-air fire demonstration by Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Seeing the flames really impressed upon the women the importance of having operational fire alarms in their houses.

Following this demonstration, attendees were able to participate in the various other activities on offer. One part of this programme was an expo, with stalls set up by health, sports and lifestyle organisations (Sport Canterbury, CanBreathe (asthma support), St Johns, Heart Centred Therapy, Surf Lifesaving NZ, ScreenSouth and the AllRight? campaign) an support services (Ministry of Social Development, Inland Revenue, the Electoral Commission, Plunket, Hagley College and Citizens Advice Bureau). Attendees also participated in an exercise to music activity, a Family Safety Workshop run by the New Zealand Police, and a fire safety workshop

CRS is grateful to all of the services who took part in the event.

There was also the opportunity for the women to take home new clothing for free, with a clothing donation table available. A crèche was provided for the women to leave their children whilst they took part in the activities.