I hope you are keeping well, and that winter has not been too severe for you and your breathing.

Letitia Odwyer Circle

During the winter month’s there is a lot of publicity and awareness around asthma - have you noticed? 

Every night we see a television advertisement about warm homes, which is a reminder to the 1 in 7 children and 1 in 9 adults in New Zealand who suffer with asthma, and who need to take extra care during these winter months. 


Winter is the time of year when people are desperately seeking more information and more education about asthma. Which brings us to Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, as getting the right resources out to the people who need it is a crucial part of the work we do. 


Healthy Home Checklist

I am alarmed and saddened every time I hear of the death of a person from an asthma attack, or severe respiratory illness that has been exacerbated by the conditions in which they live. In fact, 1 person a week still dies of asthma in New Zealand. 


This should be a wakeup call to the whole country! 

In a first world nation like New Zealand, no one should have to live in cold damp housing, but the reality is that thousands still do. They shouldn’t have to, but they do. 


Overcrowded, damp and poorly heated housing is one of the most important contributors to the poor respiratory health of many New Zealanders. 


Help Sinking House

But you can help us change this alarming statistic. Yes you! 

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ supports research and ideas to improve the lives and futures of people affected by Asthma and other respiratory conditions. 

Your support of our work will enable us to continue to fund research, push for healthier homes, and to make respiratory health a national target. 


Please partner with us by making a winter donation to the work of the Foundation today. 

Let me introduce myself, my name is Letitia O’Dwyer. I am the new Chief Executive of Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ and I am delighted to be on board to continue the wonderful work John and his team have been carrying out with your support. 

A small part of my past 20 years’ experience in the health sector includes the introduction of new health technologies, improving access to medicines, initiating imaging and diagnostic trials and establishing international healthcare networks. I hold a Bachelor of Science, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business and a Masters in Health Management, all from the University of Auckland. 

I am now incredibly excited to partner with YOU to improve health outcomes for those with asthma or a respiratory illness. 

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is a national body, that provides many of our resources free of charge - we do not receive Government Funding, so are very dependent on our family of supporters. 

I invite you to join us in this vital work – by making your donation today. 

Breathing is something many of us don’t think twice about, your gift will make a difference for those who aren’t so fortunate. 

We hope that you hold a special place in your heart for those who struggle to breathe freely. Thank you. 

Warm regards 

Letitia O’Dwyer 

Chief Executive - Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ


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