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Marathon indoor row challenge helps raise thousands for kidney patients

John Adams 'marathon' rower for dialysis machine

By a Staff Reporter

A PAPHOS resident completed a marathon indoor row challenge at a fun day on Thursday to raise thousands towards the purchase of a dialysis machine for the renal unit at Paphos general hospital.

John Adams, a 62-year old living in Peyia, rowed the equivalent of a marathon – a total of 42,195 metres – in 3 hours 1 minute and 20 seconds.

He told the Sunday Mail: “Funds are desperately needed for a kidney dialysis machine at Paphos hospital.  Since the appeal began a few weeks ago, more than 5,000 euros has been pledged in sponsorship, but there is still a long way to go to raise sufficient funds to buy this much-needed machine.”

Adams was spurred to take on the challenge after close friend Graham Brown, 64, the treasurer of the Cyprus Kidney Association expats, became one of many patients who need regular dialysis treatment to keep him alive.

The association is a non profit charity set up in 2000, primarily to raise funds to purchase equipment for the renal unit.

The Summer Fun Day was held on June 5th at Sea Rays Cafe Bar in Peyia.

Ahead of the marathon event, Adams trained for 10 weeks and prior to the day had successfully rowed more than 1.2 million metres.

“I wanted to complete the row in less than three hours but cramped up in the last 15 minutes so it wasn’t possible. The crowd of hundreds was amazing and spurred me on. I was determined to do it for Graham and the other kidney patients.”

Around three thousand euros was raised on the day, bringing the total raised towards the dialysis machine to close to ten thousand euros so far.

Each dialysis machine comes with a 25,000 euro price tag and the registered charity is hoping to raise enough money to purchase at least one in the coming months. The charity has already helped to kit out the facility with all sorts of other equipment.

“I am being realistic and believe we will have enough funds by the end of the year. We have had so much help from locals and businesses but we really need someone with deep pockets to help us on our way,” said Adams.

Brown, like many other kidney patients, needs to have dialysis treatment three times a week. Without it he would die within days. It takes around five hours for the process to be completed each time.

There are eleven dialysis machines in use at the hospital and one available for spares and they are all working to capacity.

“We have loads more fund raising ideas and I won’t stop until I get this machine,” Brown said.

The expat kidney organisation shouldn’t be confused with the Cyprus Kidney Association, which was set up in 1984 and concentrates on looking after families of kidney sufferers.

For further information contact John Adams on 9779 6024 or Graham Brown – The Cyprus Kidney Association ex-pats 99244679

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