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Choice Hotels make a difference to cystic fibrosis sufferers

For the third year running, Choice Hotels Asia-Pac has been donating $2 from every night stayed at any of its New Zealand hotels to Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand (CFNZ) during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week – August 15 to 21.

With more than 30 hotels across New Zealand under the Econo Lodge, Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands and the Ascend Hotel Collection, Choice Hotels aimed to raise over $15,000 for its charity partner.

Trent Fraser, CEO of Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, said he was “thrilled” to be involved in the fundraising efforts once again.

“With one in 25 New Zealanders carrying the gene that causes the life-shortening chronic illness, we are passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of cystic fibrosis sufferers and their families, no matter how small,” Mr Fraser said.

“This incurable genetic disorder robs sufferers of some of life’s simple pleasures and the things we often take for granted such as a long, healthy life or being able to start a family. Our partnership with Cystic Fibrosis NZ is all about improving the quality of life for those living with CF and making them invincible.

“We encourage Kiwis to get behind this worthy cause by simply choosing a hotel room with Choice Hotels when they are travelling during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week.”

Chief executive of Cystic Fibrosis NZ, Jane Bollard, said the money raised will go directly towards medical equipment, grocery vouchers, welfare and educational grants and emotional support through the organisation’s dedicated fieldworkers.

“CFNZ helps nearly 500 people living with cystic fibrosis in New Zealand. Without the support of Choice Hotels this would not be possible, so we are incredibly grateful to Choice for its ongoing fundraising efforts.”

Ms Bollard said one mother, based in the South Island, knows only too well the unforgiving nature of CF, with both of her twin girls sadly losing their battle with cystic fibrosis as teenagers. The girls’ mother still campaigns to raise vital funds for Cystic Fibrosis NZ.

“Without these people and everything they provide to the sufferers and their families, life would not be the same. It really does make a difference,” Ms Bollard said.

Cystic fibrosis is the most common life threatening genetic disorder affecting New Zealand children. The condition affects several organs, especially the lungs and pancreas, by clogging them with mucus. It can cause shortness of breath, a chronic cough and repeated chest infections. The average life expectancy for those with cystic fibrosis is significantly lower than the general population.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder. A baby can only be born with the disorder if both parents carry the abnormal gene. It is not caused by any previous illness suffered by one of the parents or by anything that happened during the mother’s pregnancy. It is non-contagious.

At present there is no cure for CF, but the affected gene has been identified and researchers are working to find ways to repair or replace it, and medications to treat CF complications.

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