Manukau Courier : March 1st 2011
9 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 1, 2011 NEWS Leah enjoys kidney camp By VANITA PRASAD Camp friends: Leah Hickey, left, and caregiver Alexia Clarkson share a laugh at kidney camp. ' The reality is that Leah can't go on school camps and she misses out. But on the kidney camp she can be properly looked after by people who know her conditions. ' Sandra Hickey Living with poor kidneys is not as easy as 14-year- old Leah Hickey makes it out to be. With a bright smile and fierce high five you wouldn t know that Leah s kidneys are oper- ating at half the normal rate. It s a condition that is linked with her spina bifida and it can make life difficult. But a weekend camp for Leah and 30 other young people from around New Zealand who have kidney trouble provided a chance to have fun this month. It was held in Hender- son s Carey Park and organised by the Kidney Kids charity. Kidney Kids is one of the organisations receiv- ing funding from the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run and walk on March 13. The camp included trips to the Sky Tower and Rainbow s End as well as fun activities like archery and confidence courses. Leah s mum Sandra says the camps are a highlight on the calen- dar. The reality is that Leah can t go on school camps and she misses out. But on the kidney camp she can be properly looked after by people who know her con- ditions. Mrs Hickey says Leah is excited for days before the camp and she comes home beaming. She really has a ball, she doesn t even miss me. Mrs Hickey says Kid- ney Kids has been there for Leah and her family on many occasions. They send Leah gifts and visit when she s in hospital and help us out with petrol vouchers as well as organising these camps. They provide us with good information about kidney conditions cover- ing everything. It s not just for children on dialy- sis, she says. It s great knowing that they re there and there s that support. Get ready for Round the Bays There s still time to get yourself prepared for the 39th Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run and wlak on March 13. The event is famous for attracting individuals of all ages and abilities, as well as hundreds of team and family entries. And it s all for a good cause. One of the principal sponsors is Fairfax Media, publisher of the Manukau Courier. Spokeswoman Sandra King says beneficiaries will include Kidney Kids, Koru Care, the Waite- mata Harbour Clean-Up Trust and Fairfax First Books. She says Fairfax employees will be among those putting their best feet forward on the day. This race has the ulti- mate feel good factor -- our Fairfax team members feel great for getting out and racing -- and they feel even better knowing that their con- tribution benefits chil- dren s charities, she says. Entries remain open until moments before the race starts and many participants will cele- brate with family, friends and colleagues at one of the 550 barbecue sites set up at the end of the course route. All the sites at Madills Farm have sold out but a few remain available to book at Glover Park. The race day entry fee is $10 for children (16 and under) and $15 for adults. Go online to www.round thebays.co.nz for more information.
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