Volunteering - Team Novartis
The Violet Foundation would like to sincerely thank the team from Novartis who volunteered a day of their time to assist us in cleaning out and stocktaking all of our merchandise and materials.
The team contributed a day’s labour to work through all of our materials and to assist us in preparing for the upcoming 2013 Meningococcal Awareness Day.
Thank you Team Novartis!
Meningococcal Disease - Signs and Symptoms
The latest brochure detailing the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease is available for you to download and print. This information may assist you with early recognition of the signs and symptoms. Early detection is critical with this disease. This brochure has been developed with Meningococcal Australia, our united foundation representing meningococcal disease.
Click the image for the full brochure.
Chain of Protection
We are pleased to support and recommend the link to Chain of Protection. This new production is presented by Professor Robert Booy and is a valuable resource for the community. We encourage you to take the time to learn more about lifestyle choices and protection of ourselves and our community.
President of the Violet Foundation Supporting Meningococcal Disease Recognised With Award
A man who has been working to raise awareness of meningococcal disease received with an Order of Liverpool Award.
Wattle Grove resident Colin Greenway, the founder of the Violet Foundation, a charity that works to assist people who have suffered meningococcal meningitis, was made an Officer of the Order of Liverpool, receiving a silver award at the recent ceremony.
"My goal has always been to raise awareness about the disease and how it can affect anyone," Mr Greenway said.
"And particularly how people can avoid contracting it.
"Raising money for research for a cure hasn't been our particular goal because the pharmaceutical companies are already working it; a treatment would be worth a lot of money for them.
"But I've always wanted to inform people about how to avoid it.
"Don't share drinks with anyone except for your life partner and just be really careful.
Mr Greenway learned about meningococcal when he met Jan Buxtom, a Moorebank resident, when visiting his sister in the Liverpool Hospital.
Ms Buxtom contracted the disease in 2000 and lost both her legs and some of her fingers as a result.
"My wife and I decided that we needed to help and spoke to former Liverpool mayor George Paciullo about organising a fund-raiser to help her out.
"He was touched by the story and made that year's Mayoral Ball a fund-raising event for the family.
"We raised more than $100,000 in cash and kind, which helped the family to remodel their home to make it wheelchair accessible."
Taken from The Liverpool Champion