Kidney Kids appeals for support
Kidney Kids is asking people to give generously for its annual appeal.
The 21-year-old organisation provides emotional and practical support to children who live with kidney or urinary tract disease.
Kidney Kids community educator Rachel Barrett says kidney disease can quietly creep up on families and is debilitating at any time.
‘‘Kidney failure in children is devastating as it disrupts physical and social growth and development. It can place emotional and financial stress on families,’’ she says.
Kidney Kids supports around 1000 children and their families with information and offers fun camps for children.
It also aims to raise awareness and educate communities about the early warning signs of kidney disease in children.
Symptoms can include tiredness, loss of appetite, fluid swelling, cramps and painful urination.
‘‘If you are at all concerned get in touch with your GP,’’ Ms Barrett says.
Kidney Kids Annual Appeal Week runs until Sunday.