A walk for a no­ble cause

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Bhutan Kid­ney Foun­da­tion (BKF) cel­e­brated the birth an­niver­sary of Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen on 4th June, 2017.

As per the press re­lease from the BKF, Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen as the Royal Pa­tron has ex­tended tire­less sup­port to the Foun­da­tion.

The cel­e­bra­tion this year was geared to­wards rais­ing aware­ness about health is­sues, with the theme “Pro­mot­ing Healthy Life­style for healthy Kid­neys.”

Tsheten Dorji, 43, a reg­is­tered mem­ber and sup­porter of BKF, be­gan a walk, which will cover eight dzongkhags of Bhutan and con­clude in Thim­phu, from Sam­drup Jongkhar , co­in­cid­ing with the Birth An­niver­sary of Her Majesty.

Tsheten Dorji is a for­mer tour guide and pos­sesses a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in walk­ing. With this walk span­ning the length of Bhutan, Tsheten wants to help the foun­da­tion achieve its ob­jec­tive of pro­mot­ing an ac­tive life­style, and ad­vo­cate on the im­por­tance and sig­nif­i­cance of main­tain­ing one’s health while em­bed­ding the key mes­sages on kid­ney health and its is­sues in Bhutan.

A but­ter lamp light­ing cer­e­mony and of­fer­ing prayers in Bud­dha Dor­denma (Bud­dha Point) along with lucky draw for the one Ngul­trum ini­tia­tive project was also held.

The mem­bers of the BKF, ac­com­pa­nied by dial­y­sis pa­tients, kid­ney trans­plant re­cip­i­ents and donors, fam­i­lies, at­ten­dants, doc­tors and nurses lit but­ter lamps and of­fered prayers for Her Majesty’s good health and long life this morn­ing, at the Bud­dha Dor­denma in Kuenselpho­drang.

A lucky draw was held as a ges­tured of ap­pre­cia- tion for all who con­trib­uted to­wards the one Ngul­trum ini­tia­tive of the foun­da­tion was also held.

The one Ngul­trum is a project en­vi­sioned to cre­ate aware­ness on the im­por­tance of lower de­nom­i­na­tion (1 Ngul­trum) cur­rency in the so­ci­ety. With the cam­paign, thou­sands of peo­ple came to­gether to con­trib­ute one Ngul­trum to Nu. 109,000 (One hun­dred and nine thou­sand) has been col­lected in one ngul­trum de­nom­i­na­tion.

The fund gen­er­ated will be uti­lized to the life sav­ing cause “Bhutanese Kid­ney Pa­tients Wel­fare Fund”.

The lucky draw win­ners re­ceived a dig­i­tal blood pres­sure mon­i­tor as the first prize, a dig­i­tal blood sugar mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem as the sec­ond prize, and a dig­i­tal weight­ing ma­chine as the third prize.

BKF be­came a reg­is­tered Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2012. It is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing qual­ity health ser­vices for all kid­ney pa­tients in Bhutan, and looks for­ward to help­ing fa­cil­i­tate chronic pa­tients through treat­ment and even­tu­ally mo­ti­vate them to play a vi­tal role in the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try.

BKF also aims to ad­vo­cate on non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases that lead to kid­ney fail­ures, and play a role in the pre­ven­tion of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble and kid­ney-re­lated dis­eases.

The foun­da­tion is a re­cip­i­ent of the Na­tional Or­der of Merit (Gold) in 2016 from His Majesty The King dur­ing the na­tional day cel­e­bra­tion in Trongsa.

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