CALGARY, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - The Kidney Foundation of Canada is counting down the days until the first ever Kidney March, supporting the fight against kidney disease. There is only one month left before the inaugural event takes place in Kananaskis Country from September 10 to 12, 2010. The Kidney Foundation will accept registrations up to and including the first day of the walk.
"We're delighted at the strong response we've had from participants so far, but we're still eager to see more people join this one-of-a-kind event," says Joyce Van Deurzen, executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. "The kidney community is growing every day and we're hoping that even more people will support the fight against kidney disease."
The Kidney March, a 100-km walk through beautiful Kananaskis Country, is the first three-day walk ever to be held by an organization in Canada. This unique format will see more than 300 participants spend the entire three days together as a community, including stays in overnight, mobile camps supported by close to 100 March volunteers.
All funds raised by the Kidney March, with proceeds going to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, will support kidney health programs and cutting-edge medical research aimed at combating kidney disease. Most Canadians who are at risk of kidney disease may not even know it. Currently, two million people have chronic kidney disease or are at risk and the numbers are growing fast.
Kidney March participants agree to raise a minimum of $2,200 and can register as an individual walker, a team captain, or as a team. Individuals have full support for the event, including training courtesy of the YMCA and the use of effective fundraising tools. There is also the opportunity to register as a crew member or volunteer for the event.
To register, call 1-866-9-KMARCH or visit www.kidneymarch.ca.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and stimulating innovative research; providing education and support; promoting access to high quality healthcare, and increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation.
SOURCE Kidney Foundation of Canada - Southern Alberta
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