02 January 2015

You are invited to the Australian Ichthyosis Meet - May 2015

When I was a child, I hadn't met anyone else with Ichthyosis. I thought I was all alone. Since I have been blogging, I've come to meet many, many people with Ichthyosis - many overseas and a few in Australia. And it's been wonderful. We've been able to share advice, lean on each other in times of difficulties, and offer hope and happiness to individuals and families. We also share common interests outside of our Ichthyosis. I've had wonderful experiences meeting these patients and their families.
Carly Findlay with Children affected by Ichthyosis
And I wanted to give this same opportunity to Australians (and anyone who wants to travel to Australia). This idea came to me when I was at Problogger - I wondered how I could organise a meet for my blog community in real life. I am so excited that this is happening!

About the meet:
I've partnered with the Genetic Support Network of Victoria (GSNV) to host the first official Australian Ichthyosis Meet – scheduled in Melbourne for Saturday 9 May 2015 in Melbourne, as a part of Ichthyosis Awareness Month. This event will give adults, children and families affected by Ichthyosis the chance to meet others with this rare condition. I hope some strong friendships will form, as well boosting the self confidence of all attendees. And the event will also be showcased on my blog for Ichthyosis Awareness Month.

The day will feature three sessions: an informal meet and greet, a trip to the zoo, and a dinner for those who want to socialise further. Two dermatologists have been confirmed to attend the morning session – Professor Ingrid Winship and Dr David Orchard. A photographer will be present to capture happy memories of the day.

You can register to attend via EventBrite. Registrations close 1 May 2015. The morning session is free to attend, however there may be a partial or full cost to attend the zoo. 
I am doing some fundraising for the event, to cover the cost of the GSNV staff and photographer, catering and to reduce zoo admission costs and transport for attendees. Any remaning funds will be donated to the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST). FIRST supports patients and families affected by Ichthyosis worldwide, as well as funds research into the condition.

If you would like to contribute to the fundraising for the event, or know someone who might, donate via gofundme.com/ausichthymeet.

If you attend, you will need to pay for your own transport and accommodation to and in Melbourne, plus the cost of meals and souvenirs at the zoo.

Contact the organiser with questions:
Email Carly Findlay at ausichthyosismeet@gmail.com
Thank you for helping to make this event a success. I appreciate your involvement. 

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