LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation was set up 21 years ago with the principle aim of supporting persons suffering from kidney disease. Over these years, more than €2 million have been donated towards life-saving equipment and for providing better facilities for patients suffering from kidney disease at the Renal Unit, Mater Dei Hospital.
From 2014, LifeCycle Foundation started supporting specialised research study in kidney disease at the University of Malta. LifeCycle also supports the Transplant Support Group in creating further awareness about organ transplants in Malta.
Among its annual contributions, LifeCycle supports the maintainance of the software matching programme Traccia at the Renal Unit. Traccia facilitates the procedure of finding the right match in terms of compatibility between a renal patient and a kidney donor. Since the introduction of Traccia in 2017, 32 patients successfully received a kidney transplant after their blood composition was found to be compatible with the donated organ.
Other initiatives supported by LifeCyclists include the annual maintenance and use of the Twilight Shift Van to transport patients to and from Mater Dei Hospital for their evening dialysis, some three or four times a week; sponsoring the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage every August for renal patients and accompanying medical staff.
In addition, through its newly set up R.U.S.H. - the Renal Unit Support Health Hub, is paying for professional psychological support for almost 300 kidney patients and kidney donors, talks on health and nutrition, as well as offering free fitness sessions to renal patients undergoing dialysis treatment.
The LifeCycle Challenge is supported by generous donations from both individuals and companies. For 2019-2020, LifeCycle’s main sponsor is Nestlé Malta with their iconic brand Nescafé 3in1. Their sponsorship will be exclusively dedicated towards a new research programme in kidney disease at the University of Malta, and towards Renal Unit Support Health Hub (R.U.S.H.).
Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019 is taking the 24 cyclists together with a seven-strong back-up team, including a medic, to three Asian countries – Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The team leaves Malta this Monday 9th September and returns on 24th September.
Donate by Revolut on 99329101; via sms: 5061 7370 = €2.33; 5061 8920 = €6.99; 5061 9229 = €11.65; or via a call to 5160 2020 = €10, 5170 2005 = €15; and 5180 2006 = €25. Bank details are Swift code VALLMTMT, IBAN number MT 18 VALL 22013000000014814521017, Bank name Bank of Valletta, Account number 14814521017.