An event organised by Swindon businesses has raised £2,535 for national charity Give a Kidney, which raises awareness of non-directed (altruistic) living kidney donation. This is the act of a healthy living person giving one of their kidneys to someone on the NHS transplant waiting list in need of a kidney.
The East Meets West event gave families a flavour-filled taste of the East in March. It was held at the Punjabi Community Centre and hosted by Swindon businesses The Sales and Marketing Hub and Kam’s Motor Clinic, with support from Charanjit Dhalliwal who’s invaluable support has been backed by her employer Barclays Bank, to whom everyone is very grateful.
DJ Gamma played floor-filling tunes from Bhangra to Bollywood, from the 70s to the present, and a delicious hot Punjabi buffet was served.
The event was supported by the following generous local businesses; Aerial Imaging Solutions, Amy’s Hair & Beauty, Asset Guardian Company, Castles Estate Agents, CentraHeat, UCcert Limited, DC Computers, Healthcare Solutions, Ideal Displays, MLL Print and Digital and Mortgage Advice Bureau.
Jasie Rai, Director of the Sales and Marketing Hub said: “We held a charity night for Give a Kidney back in December 2013. It was such a success, we decided to do it again. The event was fantastic and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to its success.”
Jasie has only one kidney herself having had one removed. She has a pyeloplasty on the remaining kidney and may eventually need a kidney transplant.
Chris Burns-Cox of Give a Kidney said: “There are currently more than 6,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in the UK, and around 300 people die each year whilst waiting for a kidney transplant. Humans only need one kidney so if more healthy people came forward to give theirs, more lives could be saved. In the UK almost 400 people have donated a kidney to someone they do not know.
We’re very grateful to Jasie for creating this event and to all the businesses and families who supported it. It was a memorable evening, and helped us to raise awareness of the need for kidneys from healthy donors.”