Botswana Kidney Society has launched its 2017 Up Kgale Charity Climb that they will undertake in partnership with Botswana Medical Aid (Bomaid) on October 14. The Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness Dikgang Makgalemele has commended involved companies for their efforts. Organisers include Insync Media and Be Active Sports. Makgalemele said he derives keen interest in events offering total welfare of people and thanked BOMAID for the huge contribution it is making. “This marks a milestone especially for the kidney society and everyone in our communities affected by this,” he said. He recognised the complications that kidney failure can bring to someone’s life. Makgalemele urged other corporates and even individuals to come on board to help the society. BOMAID CEO Moraki Mokgosana said they were happy to take part in the event because health is their core mandate. “Our wish is for all our members and all Batswana to have healthier lives and we chose this particular event because we want to help the cause to raise funds,” he said. According to Mokgosana, last year they raised P20 000 that they donated to the society and are targeting to raise more this year. Botswana Kidney Society founder Kitso Otlogetswe and renal patient highlighted the importance of testing for kidney problems because it is one disease that is always found out very late when someone thought they were just okay all along. He said healthy lifestyles should be adopted and regular medical check-ups in order for someone to be diagnosed earlier than when it is too late.