Governor named patron

Five members of the Cayman Islands Kidney Foundation recently met with the Governor Mr Bruce Dinwiddy to express appreciation.

On behalf of the board, Chairman Dr. Frits Hendriks, who is medical head of the haemodialysis unit of George Town Hospital thanked the governor for accepting the patronage of the Foundation.

During the meeting, Mr. Dinwiddy was informed why Judge Mrs. Prya Levers and Dr. Frits Hendriks founded the charity in March 2005.

Dr Hendriks explained the aims of the organisation, which had a tremendous start, with donations coming in almost every week, states a press release.

But many more donations are needed for the fast growing number of patients with end stage kidney failure, for the education programmes of the public and medical profession with respect to the prevention of kidney diseases, treatment of end stage kidney failure, organ donation and organ transplantation, and for research programmes to investigate and identify the magnitude of the problem of kidney failure.

Not only are Cayman Island dollars needed, but also many new members/volunteers of the Foundation to support the various subcommittees in organising educational sessions, fundraising etc.

The chairman told Mr. Dinwiddy that in the near future some big fundraising events will be organised, and the Foundation also planned to set up an Inter-Caribbean meeting for all islands involved with experts in the field of diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney diseases, around early April next year.

Mr. Dinwiddy congratulated Dr. Hendriks and Judge Levers for establishing the Foundation. He was honoured to be its first patron. He hoped that the Foundation would have an important impact on the prevention and treatment of kidney diseases in the Cayman Islands, and that its work would also benefit other parts of the Caribbean.