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Art-a-loos Highlight Launch Of Crohn's Support Group Launch

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Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia, left, and Crohn's and Colitis NZ chairman Brian Poole next to an art-a-loo at the launch of Crohn's and Colitis NZ. Credit: NZPA
Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia, left, and Crohn's and Colitis NZ chairman Brian Poole next to an art-a-loo at the launch of Crohn's and Colitis NZ. Credit: NZPA

Wellington, July 29 NZPA - A new national body set up to support Crohn's disease sufferers was launched today and "art-a-loos" were placed in central Wellington to highlight the cause.

New Zealand has an estimated 15,000 crohn's disease, or inflammatory bowel sufferers, with the resulting abdominal pain, ulcers and diarrhoea having historically made it a condition not frequently discussed.

Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said most people would not be able to spell the disease, let alone explain what it was, and the stigma attached meant people often suffered in silence.

The effects were "not exactly dinner time topics", she said.

Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand was launched in Parliament by Mrs Turia and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, while other MPs and about 100 organisation members and supporters attended.

Raising awareness of the disease and providing support for those who needed it were the main aims of Crohn's and Colitis NZ.

The event included the launch of a toilet map application for iPhones where GPS technology is used to direct users to the nearest public toilets in towns and cities around New Zealand.

Four portable art-a-loos painted up in various themes were also unveiled in Wellington.

The loos were put on auction site Trade Me with $1 reserves and proceeds will go to the cause.

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