Atoll Challengers paddle to raise 1 million Rufiyaa for Maldivian Thalassaemia Society

Kuredu Atoll Challenge – Kuredu Resort & Spa, Maldives successfully completed the Atoll Challenge, by raising over 1 million Rufiyaa for Maldivian Thalassaemia Society. The funding will help to purchase desferal pumps needed for the treatment of patients affected by this serious blood disorder.

Atoll Challenge team began their journey on Sunday from Kuredu and paddled a distance of over 165 kilometers in sea kayaks around the Lhaviyani Atoll and returned to the resort after five days, on Thursday, 8th May (World Thalassaemia Day). The team put their best efforts into raising awareness about Thalassaemia by meeting local communities, and into raising funds needed to plug the shortage of fifty desferal pumps that currently exists in the country.

Health Minister Dr. Mariyam Shakeela was present at the closing ceremony and thanked Kuredu for organizing such an event. She said this will help those who are in need and expect to see more such initiatives in the future.

Managing Director of the resort Mr. Lars Petre who also joined the challenge with six other participants thanked everyone for the overwhelming support. He noted still people are not very aware about thalassaemia and can feel the pain when they are unable to get treatment easily. He also added that he loves Maldives and will continue their support for the cause.

Thalassaemia is an inherited genetic disorder that affects the bodies ability to produce red blood cells.  This causes problems in the body’s ability to transport oxygen around via heamoglobin.  Thalassaemia is passed onto children by their parents when born.  Both parents need to have the Thalassaemia Major gene in order for this to happen. Thalassaemia is not contagious and cannot be transferred from person to person, and cannot be transmitted via blood transfusions. About 18% of Maldivians are carriers of Thalassaemia – the highest incidence rate in the world.

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