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Lautoka to Nadi trek for kidney patients

By LITIA MATHEWSELL There are only six of them but a conviction to support patients battling kidney failure fuelled a passionate group of men to walk from Lautoka to Nadi
29 Oct 2012 12:24

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

There are only six of them but a conviction to support patients battling kidney failure fuelled a passionate group of men to walk from Lautoka to Nadi early yesterday morning.
Led by Vijen Prasad, the group began a 21-kilometre-hike from the Natabua Police Station in Lautoka to Nadi Town before dawn broke yesterday. Others in the group were Vinesh Naidu, Niranjwan Chettiar, Vishwa Kumar, Saga Pillay and Rahul Pillay.
They started at 4am and reached Nadi at 9:45am, exhausted but pleased to have made the first step in a more ambitious plan for kidney patients at the Lautoka Hospital.
“I intend to take a walk around Viti Levu in May next year. To start with, we thought to walking from Lautoka to Nadi and I am very glad to have support from those who walked with me, who have given me more courage to make it,” said Vijen Prasad.
The Rifle Range, Lautoka resident has always been a fervent walker. He had also done the Tavua to Wainibuka, Tailevu stretch in Western Viti Levu 18 years ago.
“The reason for my walk around the island in May is to collect funds for kidney patients at the Lautoka Hospital. I have already discussed the matter with Lautoka Hospital administrator John Brown, who has given me the green light to carry on with my plans,” Mr Prasad added.
Whilst donations towards his Viti Levu trek depend on the generosity of the public, Mr Prasad is keen to raise as much as possible, setting his sights on close to $100,000. If all goes according to plan, he will be joined by some friends in the trek.
“This is for a very good cause, especially with the difficulty in getting kidney treatment in the Western Division. I am also raising awareness on kidney infections because I’ve witnessed someone die of kidney failure and that experience really pushed me to do something for other patients,” he said.




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