The twenty cyclists who embarked on the 2023 LifeCycle Challenge successfully crossed the finish line in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 5 December. Setting off from Bangkok in Thailand ten days previously, they cycled for 2,000 kilometres all the way to Malaysia to raise funds towards the plight of renal patients in Malta and raise awareness on renal health.
A true test in endurance, the LifeCycle Challenge requires cyclists to muster exceptional physical and mental strength in order to cycle for many hours every day for 10 consecutive days, and to tackle the terrain encountered along the way, which this year was accompanied by a trying tropical climate dominated by hot, humid and wet weather.
In the true spirit of the LifeCycle Challenge, the feeling of relief, pride and accomplishment at reaching the finish line was accompanied by a thought of solidarity and empathy for kidney patients whose suffering and hardships spurred on the cyclists during their challenge.
The founder of LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation and LifeCycle Challenge veteran Alan Curry commented: “We take great pride in conquering this challenge, and the sensation is almost surreal. Despite all the preparations, reaching the end is incredibly gratifying. However, in this moment of significant achievement, our hearts and thoughts are with kidney patients, whose enduring challenge is far from over.”
This year’s endeavour was the 23rd edition of the LifeCycle Challenge with the aim of raising about Eur200,000 to support renal patients, help fund medical research and raise awareness on renal health. The LifeCycle Challenge is organised by the LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation and to this day remains the only voluntary organisation working in the field of kidney health in Malta.
The 2023 LifeCycle Challenge is supported by the main sponsor Nescafé and other sponsors championing the cause amongst whom are Smart Technologies Ltd, Technoline Ltd, Farsons Foundation, Laferla Insurance, JPA, The Web Ally, McDonald’s, Borg Cardona & Co Ltd and Salini Resort.
Donations to the LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation can be made via Revolut on 9932 9101, by PayPal (follow this link) and via SMS: 5061 7370 for €2.33; 5061 8920 for €6.99; 5061 9229 for €11.65; or via a call to 5160 2020 for €10; 5170 2005 for €15; and 5180 2006 for €25.
Donations can be made also via bank transfers via Swift code VALLMTMT, IBAN MT 18 VALL 22013000000014814521017, with the Bank name being Bank of Valletta, and account number 14814521017.
The LifeCycle Foundation is registered with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations – VO/0529