Staff and families from our Toowoomba clinic took the opportunity to join the Research Walk of Kidney Health Australia to raise funds for kidney patients. This association is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping people with kidney disease, with a view to improving their health outcomes and quality of life and that of their families and carers.
As last year, Kidney Health Australia called the kidney community again for the national Research Walk to come together and raise funds and awareness to support those affected by kidney disease. The registration monies for this walk will go towards further research into kidney health.
Following two days of fog and rain, the 2016 Research Walk presented with a beautiful sun-filled day on Sunday, 11 September 2016. The Diaverum team gathered together at beautiful Queen’s Park and Botanic Gardens at 9.00 am with hats, water, families and enthusiasm. 28 staff and family from Diaverum’s Toowoomba Dialysis Clinic joined in the fun! “We were honoured to be joined by the Managing Director Esteban Cox and his family for the 5km walk around the park”, said Alexia Mohr, Clinic Manager from Diaverum Australia’s Toowoomba Dialysis Clinic in Queensland.
The walk ventured around Queen’s Park twice allowing the group to enjoy the beautiful sights of heritage listed gardens and walking paths. Still, this was not why so many people joined the walk. Their reasons were written on their numbers, like “I walk because I have kidneys and I can, “I support kidney health” or “I support my wife who cares for kidney patient”.
Chronic kidney disease currently affects an estimated 1.7 million Australians. Each year more Australians die with kidney related disease than breast cancer, prostate cancer and even road deaths.