Talei’s legacy continues
The two-year anniversary of Talei Morrison's cancer diagnosis will be marked on Sunday August 25 with a number of events to remind women about the importance of cervical screening.
Talei was the inspiration, behind the Smear Your Mea campaign, which was launched after the Rotorua woman was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017. Sadly, Talei has since died but her final months were spent encouraging wahine Māori to have regular cervical screening tests.
Talei used her participation in Māori cultural performing (kapa haka) circles and social media to share her story. She is credited with contributing to increasing Māori screening participation rates in Lakes District.
A number of events are being held in Waikato and Talei’s hometown, Rotorua, to mark Smear Your Mea day.
To find out more, see Smear Your Mea events to be held this month in Rotorua.