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Take the Incredible Kidney Quest and support camp programs

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An adventure awaits in The Kidney Foundation’s second annual Incredible Kidney Quest — with a special camp-themed edition. Run through the Eventzee App, this family friendly experience promises fun, adventure, and memories — just like camp — all while raising funds to support programs and services to ease the burden
of kidney disease.

“The Incredible Kidney Quest was such a success in 2021. It was an easy decision to bring it back for another year,” said Anthony Tirone, Executive Director of the Foundation’s Ontario Branch. “Teams had a blast traveling to different areas in their own communities, doing fun activities, taking photos and videos to share. The event put a unique spin on our traditional events and provided a safe opportunity for our community to raise funds to support The Kidney Foundation’s mission.”

The Kidney Quest can be done virtually anywhere. According to a release from the foundation, teams will be tested with trivia and sent around their local community to complete a variety of photo and video missions to earn points for prizes. In addition to prizes being awarded for the highest-earning teams, there will also be the opportunity to compete for the Best Team Name and Most Creative Team Photo.

“This year’s Quest has a camp theme, which will have players working on missions such as building a fort/tent, singing a camp song, and creating a friendship bracelet,” said Katie Kyte, Fund & Community Development Officer for the foundation’s local branch. “There are also missions that involve getting players out into their communities, such as finding a landmark that represents your city/town, and finding a local community centre that provides day camps.”

Registration is now open for this year’s Kidney Quest, which will take place Friday, Jun. 3 until Sunday, Jun. 12, 2022. The Kidney Foundation said that teams can take the challenge all in one day, or over several — the choice is theirs.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Camp Dorset and Camp Kivita, two camp programs supported by The Kidney Foundation, are returning this summer. For those who require life-sustaining dialysis treatments, taking a vacation isn’t often a reality. These special camps provide Canadians living with kidney disease with the opportunity to enjoy a vacation while receiving treatment on-site and connecting with others who are also affected. It was out of this excitement for camps that the camp theme for the Kidney Quest was born.

“In 2019, the foundation was able to provide support for 15 Kingston patients to attend Camp Dorset,” Kyte shared. “This totaled nearly $5,000, and we hope to raise this much locally to help these patients again this year. With camps being on hold for the past two years, we are very excited for the patients to have this opportunity again.”

The Incredible Kidney Quest is $30 for a single participant, $55 for a duo, and $100 for a group of three or more. Funds raised will support programs and services for people affected by kidney disease, such as peer support and funding for camps. For more information and to register, visit www.kidney.ca/kidneyquest22.

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