By Aaron Humes: March is World Kidney Month and the Kidney Association of Belize will kick off activities on Saturday with its third Annual Kidney Walk and Raffle in Belize City.
President Mrs. Ruby Nicholas and administrator Kirk Lainfiesta say the raffle will raise funds for the Association’s activities on behalf of its renal failure patients, which currently number over 100. Some 126 persons died from renal failure last year, according to the Ministry of Health.
For those living with monthly dialysis treatments, the cost is still high – about $2,400 to $2,900 per month, though that is down from the over $5,000 in costs reported a few years ago.
The Association rallies support for dialysis patients and educational awareness.
The route of the Walk is from San Cas Plaza beginning at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Princess Margaret Drive, Newtown Barracks, Marine Parade, North Park Street, Cork Street, North Front Street, over the Swing Bridge, onto Albert Street and ending at the Battlefield Park.
Prize sponsors for the raffle include Smart, Santiago Castillo Limited, James Brodie and Company Limited, Courts (Unicomer) Belize Limited, and Grace Kennedy (Belize) Limited among others. Tickets are free, but only for those participating in the Walk who register – about 400-500 participants are expected.
The Association is also hosting its annual health fair next week in Belize City.