The children in Wales who suffer from kidney disease are set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art dialysis machine that was unveiled yesterday (Thursday 3 July) thanks to funds raised from last year’s Cardiff 10K race.
The new dialysis machine has been delivered to the Children’s Kidney Centre at The University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Providing life saving treatment to youngsters who need dialysis three times a week, 52 weeks a year.
Last year’s Cardiff 10K saw a record of almost 4,000 runners take part that raised a record sum for race-organiser Kidney Wales, which is going directly into improving care for local patients.
Kidney disease and renal failure predominantly affect individuals during their later years, however there are many young children and teenagers who have to cope with the reality of kidney disease and renal failure on a daily basis. The Children’s Kidney Centre has a team of consultant paediatric nephrologists, nurses, dieticians, a psychologist, a social worker and a play specialist who, with state-of-the-art technology, provides the best care possible for these children and their families.
This year’s race will take place on 7 September, with the Cardiff10K at 10.00am and the 2K family run at 9.15am. The Cardiff 10K is Wales’ leading and longest-run road race, which guides runners through the heart of the Welsh capital on a flat, fast-paced course.
Registration for the race is now open and people of all ages are being urged to get involved with the iconic run with options to enter as an individual, or with friends or work colleagues in the Community and Corporate Team Challenge.
At the 2014 Cardiff 10K launch last week (Thursday 26 June) Kidney Wales chief executive Roy Thomas encouraged each individual to ‘become an everyday hero’ by fundraising for whichever cause is close to their heart. Charities being represented at Cardiff 10K this year already include Kidney Wales, Diabetes Cymru, Love Running, Tenovus and Brains Trust, amongst many others.
Roy Thomas said: “We are extremely excited to see another dialysis machine being installed at the Children’s Kidney Centre and are so proud of our race runners for working so hard to raise the funds to make it happen. “The Cardiff 10K is a great way of improving your own health and wellbeing whilst raising money for a great cause. If you are yet to sign up, please don’t hold back. We couldn’t have provided this invaluable medical facility if it wasn’t for those who raced last year and we look forward to supporting this year’s runners in their fundraising efforts.”
The new Cardiff 10K website has been designed with the user experience in mind and makes registration and fundraising much easier. Runners can set their fundraising page up through the website and even check out all the photos and race times from last year’s events.
Dr. Rajesh Krishnan, consultant paediatric nephrologist at the Children’s Kidney Centre at the University Hospital Wales, said: “Without the support of Kidney Wales we would struggle to provide the high level of care that we are currently so proud of. We are so grateful to everyone who has raised money through last year’s race and we wish everyone the best of luck with their race this September.”
The staff at the Children’s Kidney Centre, The Cellular Pathology Dept and the University Hospital Wales Finance Office are also getting involved by running the race again this year.
To find out more about the race, to sign up as a team or to help raise money and awareness for Kidney Wales, please visit the Cardiff 10K website: www.cardiff10K.com or call (029) 2034 3951.
The ‘Become an Everyday Superhero’ launch video can be viewed at http://www.walesonline.co.uk/all-about/cardiff%2010k.