Kidney Kids score cricket sponsorship
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.”
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.