Kid­ney Kids score cricket spon­sor­ship

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Karen Kotze

An or­gan­i­sa­tion de­voted to help­ing fam­i­lies bur­dened with kid­ney dis­ease has rea­son, for once, to cel­e­brate.

Kid­ney Kids of New Zealand faces a mam­moth task as the num­bers of chil­dren with kid­ney fail­ure or dis­or­ders keeps ris­ing.

Na­tional man­ager Paul Nor­folk says that in a cli­mate where so many need so much, he is heart­ened to re­ceive an of­fer from the Queen Street Cricket Club of a five-year spon­sor­ship.

The spon­sor­ship is worth more than $30,000 a year.

The Queen Street Cricket Club is a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion which as­sists dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in New Zealand and funds var­i­ous causes in the wider com­mu­nity.

Mem­bers are cricket-mad men and women and their main source of fund­ing is based on the per­for­mance of the Black Caps in test matches.

When­ever a New Zealand test player records a duck, club mem­bers are fined the princely sum of $5.

Club chair­man Gil­bert Ban­nan has, in con­sul­ta­tion with the club mem­bers, se­lected Kid­ney Kids of New Zealand as the prin­ci­pal cause to sup­port.

Kid­ney Kids is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Mt Welling­ton.

It was founded in 1990 to pro­vide emo­tional sup­port and to help par­ents of chil­dren with kid­ney dis­or­ders.

“This spon­sor­ship se­cures our Kid­ney Kids ju­nior camps for the next five years.

“The ben­e­fit it will bring to hun­dreds of very sick chil­dren is un­be­liev­able,” Mr Nor­folk says.

The camps are for chil­dren who can­not go on or­di­nary camps be­cause of their med­i­cal needs.

Nurses and doc­tors at­tend the camps and the kids have fun with oth­ers who share sim­i­lar or the same sit­u­a­tions.

In Fe­bru­ary Kid­ney Kids held a sum­mer camp for eight to 15-year-olds who have had a trans­plant or have end­stage re­nal fail­ure.

The camp was held at the Sir Peter Blake Marine Ed­u­ca­tion and Recre­ation Cen­tre in Long Bay.

Vis­its out­side the camp in­cluded trips to the Auck­land luge, ten-pin bowl­ing, movies and mini golf.

Mr Nor­folk says the vi­sion he has for Kid­ney Kids is of set­ting up a na­tional net­work of groups and in­di­vid­ual sup­port for par­ents through­out New Zealand.

“We are fight­ing a moun­tain of ig­no­rance. Too few peo­ple know about the rates of kid­ney dis­ease, the links be­tween diet and di­a­betes and kid­ney dis­or­ders.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Lucky ducky: Queen Street Cricket Club chair­man Gil­bert Ban­nan, left, and Kid­ney Kids na­tional man­ager Paul Nor­folk cel­e­brate the club’s five-year spon­sor­ship of Kid­ney Kids.

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