Rally to battle kidney disease
A CONVOY of hot cars and rugged four-wheel-drives descended on Casino yesterday afternoon to raise awareness for kidney disease.
The 80 vehicles, of which 60 actually competed in the Kidney Kar Rally, pulled into town in a figurative cloud of dust and parked in front of the Casino RSM Club.
As they had left Bundaberg in the morning, the group of 180 people were somewhat road weary, but made the most of their second to last day on the tarmac.
Spokesman Stephen Anderson said the convoy descended off the dividing range from Warwick, taking the winding road to Legume and then Urbenville before Bonalbo and from there to the Bruxner Highway and into Casino from the west.
Today the group travels home to Armidale by way of Grafton, Clouds Creek and Dorrigo, completing a 4500km odyssey that began in Tamworth.
But Mr Anderson said the main reason for the rally was to raise awareness that one in three people in Australia are at risk of kidney disease and one in 10 show clinical signs of kidney failure.
The disease kills 50 people every day and lays low more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and road deaths.
The good news is that you can maintain healthy kidney function by living a healthy life, with plenty of exercise, eating the right food and drinking enough water.
"The way to manage your kidneys is similar to maintaining good cardio-vascular health and preventing diabetes," Mr Anderson said.
Money raised during the rally will be used to send young people aged 10-17 with kidney disease to camps and weekend activities.
At a glance
People at an increased risk of chronic kidney disease are:
60 years or older;
have a family history of kidney disease;
have established heart problems (heart failure or past heart attack) and/or have had a stroke;
have high blood pressure;
of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.
SOURCE: Kidney Health Australia, http://www.kidney.org.au