Kidney Walk raises organ donation awareness

Walkers, runners and dragonboat enthusiasts in Nanaimo are gearing up for the fourth annual Kidney Walk Aug. 7 at Maffeo Sutton Park.

Walkers, runners and dragonboat enthusiasts in Nanaimo are gearing up for the fourth annual Kidney Walk Aug. 7 at Maffeo Sutton Park.

Participants can take part in a 2.5 kilometre walk, five km fun run or 2.5 km dragonboat paddle to promote the need for more organ donors and to raise funds for research, patient programs and services.

“Eighty five per cent of people surveyed in B.C. said they were in favour of organ donation, but only 17 per cent have registered to be organ donors,” said Barb Valentine, Kidney Walk B.C. coordinator. “Our goal is to close that gap.”

Please visit www.kidney.ca/bcwalk for more information.