The radiant team of Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019 together with Nestlé representatives Alfred J. Borg and Charlene Ellul
Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019 which, last September, has taken LifeCyclists on a 2,000 km route across Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, ended the year with an award-giving celebration at Hilltop Gardens in Naxxar.
Thirty participants who had committed to take the Challenge either as cyclists or helpers received the Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019 certificate in the presence of family and friends. These were: Agius Muscat Michael, Alusiola Patson Khadasia, Baluci Sandro, Calleja Paul, Cefai Christina, Cefai Julian, Cefai Shirley, Chaytor Ian, Chetucti Jean Claude, Chetcuti Melissa, Curry Alan, Darmanin Colin, Debono Ruth, Falzon Joseph, Galea Sandro, Hamilton Edward (videographer), Kariuki Mwihaki Calvin, Mercieca Raymond, Micallef Gilbert, Mifsud Romina, Mifsud Stephen, Rees Samantha, Saliba Marcel, Saliba William, Spiteri Glen, Spiteri Leslie George, Spiteri Neil, Vassallo-Agius Robert, Vella Bardon George, and Zammit Charles.
Cyclist Colin Darmanin was recognised for his exceptional team spirit and exemplary performance. He received the Jack Bowen Award, awarded in memory of an English gentleman who died in Malta of kidney failure. His wife Mrs Bowen donated a kidney dialysis machine as appreciation for the care her husband received from the renal staff and as a thank-you gesture for the work LifeCycle was doing.
Prior to the presentation of certificates, the guests were shown the 2019 video highlighting activities of the Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge as well as the highs and lows of this year’s highly demanding Challenge. The documentary was aptly filmed and edited by the videographer Edward Hamilton of Sprout Media. It can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nOz2kfwNk8&feature=youtu.be and on LifeCycle Facebook page.
While congratulating and thanking all participants and their families for their unrelenting commitment, support and philanthropic work, LifeCycle Founder Alan Curry said: “Today’s celebration is the highlight of the LifeCycle calendar as we celebrate your amazing achievements. Throughout our 21 years’ experience, LifeCycle Challenge has remained focused on its philanthropic work, as the only NGO, helping and providing better facilities for persons suffering from kidney failure.”
Among its yearly contributions, LifeCycle supports the maintenance of the software matching programme Traccia at the Renal Unit at Mater Dei Hospital. Traccia facilitates the procedure of finding the right match for renal patient compatible with a kidney donor; the annual maintenance and use of the Twilight Shift Van to transport patients to and from Mater Dei Hospital for their evening dialysis three or four times a week; the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage every August for renal patients and accompanying medical staff. LifeCycle also works to further awareness about organ transplants in Malta in collaboration with the Transplant Support Group.
In addition, this year LifeCycle Foundation, through its newly set up R.U.S.H. – the Renal Unit Support Health Hub, is paying for psychological support to around 300 kidney patients and kidney donors, talks on health and nutrition, as well as offering free fitness sessions to renal patients undergoing dialysis treatment.
LifeCycle Challenge is supported by the generous donations from individuals and companies. For 2019 and 2020 editions, Nestlé Malta with their iconic brand Nescafé is the title sponsor. The sponsorship will be exclusively dedicated towards a new research programme on polycystic kidney disease at the University of Malta, and towards Renal Unit Support Health Hub (R.U.S.H.).
Alan Curry ended the celebration by revealing next year’s Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge destinations in South America – Argentina and Chile. On hearing this fantastic news everyone present cheered and a number of LifeCyclists and other cyclists expressed an interest in joining the training and preparations for the 2020 edition.