Roar join forces with Asthma Foundation Queensland

Brisbane Roar today launched another community partnership, this time with Asthma Foundation Queensland.

Brisbane Roar today launched another community partnership, this time with Asthma Foundation Queensland.

While the partnership is, in part, about the club developing its social responsibility as a corporate citizen, the major motivating factor has to do with supporting Head Coach Rado Vidosic who is an asthmatic.

Vidosic has been dealing with his asthma for several years and with the partnership is hoping to raise awareness around issues faced by others.

“You just never know when the asthma will effect you,” Vidosic said.

“For me, it has been about management, but even then sometimes it has an effect on how I do my job.

“After a game, often I have to take time out to clear my chest.

“Already this season we-ve had to make special arrangements with media interviews because it can be difficult for me to catch my breath.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks they have any issues to seek medical advice immediately, help is out there for you.”

Asthma affects people of all ages and onset can start very young or later in life. One in 10 Queenslanders has asthma, that-s 400,000 people. As part of the partnership, Vidosic will carry the Asthma Foundation Queensland logo on the left sleeve and collar of his game day attire.

Asthma Foundation Queensland CEO Mark Brooke welcomed the partnership with Brisbane Roar, believing the relationship could help raise awareness of the condition through the community.

“Rado is like many other Queenslanders who experience asthma and lead healthy and productive lives,” Brooke said.

“Whilst asthma remains the leading cause for children missing school and not participating in sport, our partnership with the Brisbane Roar aims to empower sporting coaches and officials to understand asthma and provide opportunities for children with asthma to participate in football.

“We are delighted to partner with the current Hyundai A-league champions and Rado in particular, and welcome him as our latest asthma ambassador.”

Brisbane Roar will use the club-s Roar Active Program and community coaching initiatives to help carry the education message across the state.

The club will also work directly with Football Queensland, Football Brisbane and Asthma Foundation Queensland to accredit local club-s as asthma aware.

“We-re delighted to be involved with what we believe is a very important initiative,” Brisbane Roar General Manager Sean Dobson said.

“Accrediting clubs and ensuring there are people and resources on hand to help should there be a problem is an important way to help encourage people with asthma to get involved in football.”

Asthma Foundation Queensland runs a free support service for people with asthma - Asthma Assist. Asthma Assist is a telephone service staffed by highly skilled Asthma Educators - 1800 645 130.