Kidney Foundation gets feet

The Cayman Islands Kidney Foundation will be getting some long distance help when three runners head north to take part in the New York City Marathon Sunday.

Lawyers Simon Dickson, 31, and Nicholas Dixey, 27, of Quin & Hampson, and accountant Richard Horton, 27, of Moore Stephens (Cayman Islands) Ltd are hoping to raise CI$10,000 from their run.

‘I’m very grateful that these three guys are running on behalf of the Cayman Islands Kidney Foundation. It’s a great initiative from the public. We really need these kinds of initiatives for charities like the kidney foundation,’ said Frits Hendriks, chairman of the CIKF.

Mr. Dixey explained why they wanted to help.

‘After the storm last year, people were giving donations for the relief effort. We decided to try to find a different cause to run for. It’s a sign that we’ve put the hurricane behind us.

‘The other reason we thought it was a good idea to support this charity is because it was new and we could give it a good start,’ he said.

Mr. Dickson is the only one of the three who has run a marathon, back in 1998 in London.

‘The thing we’re really dreading is the rain, but we’d be disappointed if we did over five hours,’ he said.

To inspire their efforts, Mr. Hendriks gave the runners specially made T-shirts carrying the newly created CIKF logo, which was developed by Chris Alagaratnam, nephrology nurse at the dialysis unit at Cayman Islands Hospital.

Dialysis patient Bill Rewalt was also on hand to help present the shirts.

The Cayman Islands Kidney Foundation aims to improve the identification of kidney disease in patients, assist in providing dialysis machines, facilitate kidney transplant programmes overseas, help in the prevention of kidney disease, promote education, and encourage research and prevention of the disease.

Among the sponsors supporting the runners are Quin & Hampson, Moore Stephens, Walkers and KPMG.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so through Cayman National Bank account 012-25265.