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by Rachael Comer
This really helps and I am so grateful to Altrusa
A Timaru women’s group has offered help to a 16-year-old schoolgirl hoping to help others.
Last Thursday Altrusa Timaru presented a cheque for $800 to Emma Brown, who has been raising funds to bring the ME (menstrual health and education) programme to South Canterbury schools. One course has now been secured for Timaru, following Emma’s efforts.
The donation was made after a meeting with the group on the Tuesday night at which Altrusa members heard of Emma’s quest.
Emma was diagnosed with endometriosis three years ago and has had five surgeries since then to treat the condition.
It has also meant she missed half a year of school in year 10, and is not always able to take part in extra-curricular activities.
She organised a Timaru variety concert two weeks ago to raise funds to bring the health programme, which will cost about $2000, to South Canterbury schools.
The concert raised $1327 and she had received other donations, bringing the total to $1500. The additional money from Altrusa was great, Emma said.
“This really helps and I am so grateful to Altrusa,” she said.
“A course will be brought to Timaru in the next round of teaching.”
Altrusa Timaru president Jenny Bevin said the group had been moved by Emma’s cause.
“Emma came and spoke to our meeting after contacting us,” Mrs Bevin said.
“She is turning something bad around and doing something for herself and others.”
Mrs Bevin said, looking at the cause from Altrusa’s point of view, if girls were aware of endometriosis and were diagnosed earlier they would not have to have a lot of time off school.