~ Thousands participate in charity run in support of patients with Acute kidney diseases ~
Putrajaya, 28 April 2013 – More than 4,000 people which included the general public, kidney patients and their family members participated in the recent ‘World Kidney Day Run and Carnival 2013’ at Dataran Putrajaya. The event, held in conjunction with World Kidney Day 2013, was jointly organized by the Malaysian Society of Nephrology (MSN) and National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) in collaboration with the Medical Development Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia.
The day-long event saw participants who came together to pledge their support and reinforce the theme for this year’s campaign – ‘Kidneys For Life: Stop Acute Kidney Injury’.
‘World Kidney Day is a global campaign which begun in 2006 and has grown ever since. The focus for this year is on the topic of Acute Kidney Injury and also to promote the importance of organ transplant. We are really happy with the support from the public and have decided to also include a fun ride for those who love to cycle”, said Y. Bhg, Dato Dr Zaki Morad, Chairman of NKF.
All funds raised from the event were channeled towards NKF’s prevention and welfare activities.
The event was graced by guest of honour, Y. Bhg Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director General Of Health Malaysia, who conducted the first ‘flag off’ for the 12 kilometer marathon before proceeding to visit the Carnival with NKF’s representatives and patients.
The public gathered at the event venue as early as five o’clock in the morning to register for the run, which categories included a 12-kilometre marathon for adults and senior veterans, a five-kilometre marathon for young children aged 13-17 years and a five-kilometre cyclethon for participants aged seven and above.
Kidney transplant patients and organ donors of all age groups were allowed to participate free of charge.
Winners received medals and prizes worth more than RM10, 000 which included RM500 for first place in the adult categories and a RM300 first prize for the 13-17 year old categories.
At the event, the Medical Development Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia launched videos on kidney transplant and organ donation; to educate the kidney patients and public about transplant as the best option of treatment for end stage organ failure. Meanwhile, NKF launched patient’s Starter Kit titled Kidney Failure: What is the Next Step, a comprehensive guide for new dialysis patients. The guide contains detailed information from kidney function, treatment options, physical and emotional health to support systems for patients suffering from kidney failure.
Participants and guests were also treated to a special appearance from ‘Darth Vader’ and his famous ‘Stormtroopers’ who amazed the crowd with their antiques at their Star Wars booth. Guests were allowed to snap a photo with the ‘Star Wars Crew’ upon donation of RM10 to NKF. The ‘Crew’ also made an epic parade up to the stage to pose for the public upon request!
Y.Bhg Datuk Dr Dr Noor Hisham said, “We have more than 26,000 kidney patients on dialysis with an estimated 5,200 patients joining the ranks annually. Newly diagnosed patients often require the appropriate guide on understanding their medical condition and this Patient Starter Kit will definitely assist in that regard. Apart from that, half of these patients may benefit from kidney transplant. Therefore, the ministry is working hard to disseminate the importance of organ transplant as the preferred treatment choice to improve the quality of life for these patients. As a result, we hope more people will come forward and pledge as organ donor.”