A walk for a noble cause
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.