Exercise makes breathing easier – Please GIVE this Balloon Day

Exercise makes breathing easier –  Please GIVE this Balloon Day
23 July 2018

At first glance Dave Davis (83) and Lisa Deeprose (10) may not appear to have much in common but both have a respiratory condition and they are both committed to making exercise a key part of the management of their asthma and COPD respectively. Every week they participate in sessions that build fitness and capacity for their breathing and both have received an exercise subsidy from Breathe Hawke’s Bay to encourage them to do so.

Breathe Hawke’s Bay exercise subsidies are a real benefit for a number of our members and can help keep tamariki (children) and pakeke (adults) healthy and fit. It’s a bonus we are able to offer thanks to the generosity of bequests, donations, Tough Kid and our annual major fundraiser, Balloon Day. “As a charity the funding we receive from most sources has to be channelled into our operations, but we know an active lifestyle is a positive for respiratory health management and so look for other sources of income such as grants and Balloon Day donations to keep the subsidies alive,” explains Clinical Nurse Manager Julie Shaw.

That difference is clear in both Dave and Lisa. Dave was diagnosed with emphysema and chronic bronchitis six years ago and is adamant that exercise helps with his breathing. He regularly attends three weekly sessions at Pettigrew Arena Gym. “I know it’s never going to be gone but I can basically do what I always have, gardening, the lawns. Just a bit slower,” he says.

Lisa is a mad-keen swimmer for Greendale Swimming Club, ready to go to training no matter what else is on. She trains four times a week for an hour at a time. Her Mum Trudy, a nurse, credits swimming with helping her keep on top of her asthma. “The breathing element of swimming definitely makes a big difference.”

Our subsidies are available for a number of different sports and activities. Call the office on 06 835 0018 for more information. If you are able to give your time to Balloon Day this year, whether that be with planning and coordinating activities or collecting, please get in touch.