On 9 March 2023, our incredible clients and some of our Kidney Society team came together for the very first World Kidney Day walk! Organised by our awesome Wellness Educator, Tracey Drinkwater, the event took place at the beautiful Mangere Waterfront.
These inspiring people showed us just how much can be achieved when we come together to support one another's health. Meet our incredible World Kidney Day walking group:
Siu, who walks 4 times a week, is the fearless legend of the group. She loves the waterfront walk for its flat terrain and stunning views. Siu is always excited to have more people join her on her walks, and Tracey, the organizer of the event, is happy to connect her with anyone interested - so reach out to us if you'd like to join!
Asha, who is soon to celebrate her 14th year of transplant, finds the walk to be a great way to feel re-motivated. She is eager to join Siu a couple of times a week to help with her own walking program.
Colin, who comes all the way from New Lynn, does deep-water walking every Tuesday and Thursday at Westwave. He finds that it helps him reduce pressure on his feet and assists with weight loss, which is crucial for the transplant list. Colin is more than happy to have company in the pool, and again, Tracey is more than happy to connect him with anyone who is interested.
Fuea, who started dialysis last year, uses the Kidney Society community dialysis house. He sees fantastic results by reducing his food portions and starting a walking program, not just in weight loss but also in his energy levels and overall health. Fuea walks around 5km every day, with a group of people he has met along the way. They start at Mangere Bridge every morning around 6 or 7 am, and walk over the bridge, turning left or right depending on the day. For those who are ready for a bit more of a challenge, Fuea is happy to have them join his walking group, and Tracey is ready to connect them.
Terai who has now had her transplant for a year attends the Otara gym and pool twice a week. Terai said she is really enjoying her Thursday pool sessions. Terai would really enjoy having a water walking buddy join her. The Otara pool is free to use. If this sounds like something you would like to do, contact Tracey, who will put you in touch with Terai.
We are excited to hold our first-ever World Kidney Day walk, and it is an honor to have our remarkable clients join us in raising awareness about kidney health. The commitment and determination displayed by Siu, Asha, Colin, Fuea, Terai, and others in our group are truly inspiring. We are grateful for their support and look forward to continuing our efforts to promote kidney health in the future.