In fifteen days’ time another challenge starts for volunteers of LifeCycle Foundation to collect more funds in aid of patients with kidney problems. This year, the cyclists will challenge the weather and climatic conditions of Vietnam where they will cycle some 2,000 kilometres in 10 days.
The 24 cyclists, that include three women, have been training for months to participate in the 21st edition of the LifeCycle challenge. The cyclists have trained for 17 weeks for the challenge, accompanied by a team of persons who will assist them during the feat.
“The training includes increasing kilometres on the road, even indoor training on the bicycle; obviously this entails gaining strength in hills as the challenge involves many hill climbs and therefore we prepare ourselves to strengthen our feet and be ready for the hills”, Dr Robert Vassallo Agius said.
LifeCycle foundation Chairperson, Dr Shirley Cefai, stated that the foundation provides various services to kidney patients and their relatives. “The foundation assists on three factors. We assist patients in their needs, for example tracing for a precise match for the transplant; research to understand a kidney failure, even the genetic aspect; and we assist with rush, patients and their relatives with vouchers for psychological assistance we pay for”.
LifeCycle founder Alan Curry stated that the whole function of the foundation is concentrated on kidney patients.
The volunteers were given words of encouragement by President George Vella when, during a training session, they made a short stop at the San Anton Palace. Dr Vella expressed great appreciation for the LifeCycle Foundation voluntary work. He praised the research carried out by the University of Malta with funds collected by the volunteers and even the psychological support given to patients.