By Bejay Browne
A FOUNDATION established by a Russian businessman and his wife has stepped in to enable a Paphos-based charity to purchase a much needed dialysis machine for the Paphos general hospital’s renal unit.
John Adams, a committee member of the Cyprus Kidney Association (ex-pats) approached the Andrey and Julia Dashin Foundation in June this year, with a request for support in the purchase of a life-saving kidney dialysis machine.
The Paphos unit is finding it hard to keep up with the demand for the life-saving treatment as new patients are registering virtually every month. There are 11 dialysis machines in use at the hospital and one available for spares and they are all working to capacity. The association is a non-profit charity set up in 2000 primarily to raise funds to purchase equipment for the renal unit.
Adams told the Cyprus Mail: “Over the past five months, through a variety of fund raising events, we have managed to raise just over €18,000 towards the €25,000 needed to purchase the new machine. The Dashin Foundation followed our progress and has stepped in to make up the shortfall of €7,000 to enable us to purchase our first machine much sooner than we could have possibly hoped for.”
Philanthropist and charitable founder Julia Dashin said: “We have numerous applications to consider on daily basis and we have made efforts to co operate with this association through various fundraising events. However, as time was running short, we were keen to support this worthy cause by offering a donation.”
Graham Brown, 64, recently took over as the chairman of the Cyprus Kidney Association (ex-pats), and is determined to raise the profile of the charity. He was diagnosed with a hereditary condition polycystic kidney disease and following the removal of one of his kidneys at a Paphos hospital, he started dialysis treatment at the general in November last year.
He is now one of many patients who need regular dialysis treatment to keep him alive. Brown, like many other kidney patients, needs to have dialysis treatment three times a week. It takes around five hours for the process to be completed each time.
He said:” Dr. Lakis Yioukkas who runs the Paphos renal unit, has had to apply to the ministry of health for permission to install the new machine. That was five weeks ago and as far as I know we are still waiting for an answer. We are ready to install it as soon as possible.”
According to Dr Yioukkas, close to 6,000 dialysis treatments were carried out at the facility last year and new machines are urgently needed.
Dashin said that the foundation was particularly open to those genuinely needing help that display high levels of effort and commitment. She said that the association had displayed enormous efforts and showed high levels of commitment, persistence and devotion to achieving their goal. ”These were all a persuasive factor when it came to offering them support,” she said.
Adams said that the association wanted to thank everyone who had made a contribution to the fund, and in particular to the Dashin Foundation who make so many positive changes to people’s lives and help make dreams come true.