On April 1, electricity retailer Pulse Energy became an official sponsor of Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) to help raise the awareness of respiratory disease in New Zealand and to help the 700,000 Kiwis living with respiratory disease breathe easier.
“As a 100% community-owned business, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to support the respiratory health of New Zealanders through our partnership with ARFNZ,” says Sharnie Warren, General Manager of Customer Experience at Pulse Energy.
The newly formed partnership with Pulse Energy will enable ARFNZ to reach new audiences, improve health literacy and raise the national profile of respiratory disease - all of which will ultimately help more Kiwis to breathe easier.
Pulse Energy is a 100% community-owned electricity retailer that provides electricity, gas, broadband and solar to homes right across New Zealand.
Research shows that living in a damp, cold house can lead to colds, flu and allergies, which can aggravate existing respiratory conditions and potentially trigger a serious flare-up. Respiratory disease is particularly common among low-income families, who may not have access to healthy housing or adequate heating.
According to ARFNZ Corporate Sponsorship and Engagement Advisor, David Barclay, the decision to partner with Pulse Energy was simple.
“We saw that there were shared values. With Pulse Energy being community-owned and providing initiatives like the Pay it Forward Programme, ARFNZ saw that, like us, Pulse Energy is there to support New Zealanders.”
Pulse Energy is committed to improving the lives of New Zealanders through initiatives such as the Pay it Forward Programme, as well as by providing flexible low-cost electricity plans such as the Pulse Lifestyle prepay plan to suit the needs of all families.
Pulse is heavily involved in local communities; supporting the Highlanders and Crusaders Super Rugby teams, various recreation events across NZ, Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ and their award winning Pay It Forward Programme. The Pay it Forward Programme is a joint initiative between Pulse Energy and its customers that provides financial support to families facing energy hardship. The Programme – which recently won the Canstar Blue Innovation Excellence Award 2021, enables vulnerable households to heat their homes and create a healthy living environment, which is crucial for those who suffer from a respiratory disease. “Our partnership with Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is another great way for us to give back and support an organisation that’s making a real difference to the lives of everyday Kiwis” said Warren.
We breathe in and we breathe out; it sounds simple but breathing is complex.