ME/CFS Awareness Event

UNREST - Documentary Movie  

You are invited to see the award winning movie UNREST, which was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2018

Suggested age restriction15+

Followed by speakers: Dr Ros Vallings, NZ authority on ME/CFS and Richie Barnett a NZ Rugby League Captain 

Free Admission - Refreshments - Door Prize

Date: Saturday 23 March 2019
Time:  1.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: Whitford Community Hall
1 Whitford-Maraetai Rd, Whitford, Auckland

This event will be of interest to the general public, health providers, and those who have the illness. It is estimated that 1 in 250 people or approx. 20,000 New Zealanders have ME/CFS.

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Rest Assured Respite Charitable Trust, invite you to a free screening of the documentary movie 'Unrest' which was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2018.

Jennifer Brea, a PhD student at Harvard University, was left bedbound after a high fever and despite numerous medical consultations could get no answers or help.

She began filming her journey, helped by her husband Omar Wasow, a Princeton University Professor.

Jennifer finally discovered she had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). An autoimmune, neuro inflammatory illness.

There is no diagnostic test for the illness, the diagnosis is made by excluding other illnesses, no recommended medication and no cure.

We would rate the film 15 + due to the sensitive nature of some aspects of the illness shared in the movie.

After the film Dr Ros Vallings And Richie Barnett will speak briefly about ME/CFS.

Dr Ros Vallings
recognised as New Zealand's leading authority on ME/CFS, has made ME/CFS an area of special interest in her practice. She witnessed first hand the outbreak of "Royal Free Disease" (as it was then named) in a London Hospital of the same name. She attends the major overseas conferences and works with various research and medical groups who are studying the illness looking for answers.
She will speak on the biomedical side of the illness - What is ME/CFS, Is there a cure, What Helps and the hope the latest research brings.

Richie Barnett
a former New Zealand Rugby League Captain, was diagnosed with ME/CFS during his captaincy. He will share the impact the illness has had on his  career, family and himself. Richie is now a Mentor, Lifecoach and Speaker.

A question and answer time will follow the talks

Date: Saturday 23 March 2019
Time:  1.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: Whitford Community Hall
1 Whitford-Maraetai Rd, Whitford

For more info or to reserve a seat please email
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Hosted by Rest Assured Respite Charitable Trust

​Rest Assured Respite Charitable Trust would like to acknowledge and thank The Whitford Community Trust for their help in funding this event.