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Annual Kidney Walk

The Kidney Association of Belize’s sixth annual walk takes place tomorrow. The walk is just one of the fundraisers that the Kidney Association has each year to assist those suffering from kidney failure. Love News spoke with President of the Kidney Association, Oscar Itch, about the initiative.

Oscar Itch, Kidney Association President

“We start at 5:30 at the ITVET compound, we go into Freetown Road then into Princess Margaret Drive, New Town Barracks, Marine Parade, Taiwan Street, Cork Street, North Front Street, then Queen Street into Daly Street, Craig Street, Barrack Road back into Freetown Road and ending at ITVET where we will be having light snacks and we will also have a raffle, we normally have twenty prizes to raffle.”

Johnelle McKenzie – Reporter

“Is there a theme for this year’s walk?”

Oscar Itch, Kidney Association President

“Our theme for this year is Healthy Kidneys through Healthy Lifestyle’s. We want to encourage the general public, mainly those who are in the Belize City area because at the end of the day we have a large number of persons suffering from diabetes and hypertension and it is proven that diabetes and hypertension are the two main causes of kidney disease and as long as we have those on the rise then we need to ensure that we educate the public about how to prevent the disease which simply doing enough exercise, drinking enough water, eating healthy and doing yearly checkups.”

Last year’s walk raised a little over three thousand dollars after expenses.