How 2,000 Sydneysiders had a “big breakfast” and learnt about the importance of iodine for thyroid health…

Ok, we get that thyroid health isn’t actually a dinner party conversation piece, but in 2009 Ogilvy PR Health proudly partnered with the Australian Thyroid Foundation, Australia’s peak advocacy group for people with thyroid disorders to put dietary iodine and good thyroid health on the map.

The Big Breakfast is an awareness and fund raising public relations initiative for the Australian Thyroid Foundation that is held annually at Martin Place on the morning of 27 October.

Ogilvy PR Health’s goal was to further enhance the profile of the Australian Thyroid Foundation as the leading advocacy and support organisation for people with thyroid conditions, while positioning the organisation as the number one source of information on thyroid disease.

The public relations objective, to raise awareness about the importance of dietary iodine for good thyroid health and to raise funds for the Australian Thyroid Foundation, was achieved with the help of celebrity chefs Manu Feildel and Dominique Rizzo, who kindly dedicated their time and resources to cook a healthy, iodine-rich breakfast for over 2,000 Sydneysiders who arrived at the Big Breakfast.

Beverley Garside, president of the Australian Thyroid Foundation and Professor Cresswell Eastman, Chief Medical Advisor for the Australian Thyroid Foundation, chaired the event and educated the public about iodine enriched foods such as eggs, seafood and bread and the importance of a sufficient dietary intake of iodine to support healthy thyroid function.

For a gold coin donation, people from Sydney could treat themselves to breakfast cooked by the fabulous chefs and to free thyroid and iodine information from a team of dedicated volunteers who spoke to the public about thyroid health.

With record funds raised for the Australian Thyroid Foundation, it was not just the media and the fundraising that achieved its goals – but importantly what was in the breakfast that started the day for 2,000 Sydneysiders that helped to encourage good thyroid health.

Examples of iodine-rich foods include:

  • Bread
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Seafood
  • Iodised salt
  • Plants grown in iodine-rich soil

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