Medical staff at Wales’ biggest hospital are ditching the scrubs for running shorts to compete against each other in next month’s Cardiff 10K in support of race organisers, the Kidney Wales Foundation.
This year the Dialysis and Nephrology team at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) are competing in the Cardiff 10k in support of the thousands of dialysis and transplant patients they treat every year.
With twenty members of staff already signed up, the staff from the dialysis and nephrology departments hope that their participation will encourage more teams from health institutions across south Wales to compete in the events Community Team Challenge.
The transplant team have been training together in between their grueling shifts completing laps around the large UHW campus.
Elijah Ablorsu, a consultant in Transplant and General Surgery, and captain of the Cardiff transplant team hopes that the team’s involvement in the race will raise awareness of the importance of organ donation as Wales heads towards the new organ donation legislation which will come into force as of December 1st, 2015. After 1 December 2015, if a person in Wales has not recorded to opt of becoming an organ donor, they will be treated as having no objection to becoming an organ donor. Under the new system by doing nothing it will be as if the person has chosen to be a donor.
Elijah said: “Working with kidney patients every day means we are constantly exposed to the great need for organs, and so we are thrilled that the new organ donation bill is soon to be enshrined in law.
“Working at the front line so to speak, we see how a successful transplant can transform the lives of our patients and their families, and in many cases save their lives. We are also aware of the great work that the Kidney Wales Foundation does in supporting our patients, they are a fantastic charity who do so much to assist those living with kidney across Wales.
“That’s why we are all really looking forward to running together in this year’s Cardiff 10k and raising much needed funds for the charity. We have all been training together as a team when we are able in-between our shifts and are definitely getting fitter in the process!
“We are feeling really positive about the race day and will all get across that finish line, whether we be running, walking or crawling!”
The fast paced race, which this year celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, is expected to be the biggest event yet, with an exciting range of celebrity faces supporting the event.
Organised by leading Welsh charity, Kidney Wales, the Cardiff 10k is one of the top ten road races in the UK, attracting thousands of runners who take on the scenic city centre course.
This year’s race will take place on Sunday September 6th, with the main 10K event commencing at 10.00am and the 2K family run starting at 9.15am.
Roy Thomas, Chief Executive of Kidney Wales, said: “We are thrilled to see that the Cardiff dialysis and nephrology departments are showing their support for our event by entering a team into this year’s Cardiff 10k. Our work supporting patients suffering from kidney diseases and their families could not be possible without the skill and expertise of the medical staff at the hospital and we appreciate their ongoing support.”
The Corporate Team Challenge is open to all groups of abilities consisting of four to six runners. Previous years have seen some of Cardiff’s largest and most successful companies registering teams including; Legal & General, Admiral, Spectrum Internet and Box UK. The Cardiff 10k sees as many as 200 teams enter each year, including small teams of office workers and groups of friends.