Wednesday 28 February 2024

Departure for 2023 LifeCycle Challenge signals beginning of incredible feat

The intrepid group of 18 cyclists and their back up team who are taking part in the 2023 LifeCycle Challenge embarked on the last leg of their preparation journey as they left Malta to reach their designated point of departure for this year’s Challenge in Bangkok, Thailand.
An atmosphere of good will, enthusiasm and determination filled the Departures Lounge at Malta International Airport on Thursday, 23 November, as family, friends and well-wishers gathered to see the group off in a heartening gesture of support and solidarity.
The 2023 LifeCycle Challenge will kick off on Sunday, 26 November, with the cyclists leaving Bangkok to cycle down the Southeast Asian peninsula, all the way to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Besides the challenging 2,000-kilometre route to be completed in ten days, the cyclists will have to contend with the tropical hot, humid and wet climate.
The founder of the LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation and veteran LifeCycle Challenge participant, Alan Curry, commented: “The anticipation as we set out for this year’s Challenge is palpable. Despite being highly confident in our physical and mental readiness, the group is aware of the extraordinary level of resilience and effort that is required to complete the Challenge. We remain steadfast in our determination by focussing on the ultimate goal of helping renal patients along their journey of unrelenting distress.”
The LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation has raised over Eur3.2 million since its inception in 1999, with its fund raising efforts being centred around the LifeCycle Challenge. Now in its 23rd edition, the funds raised through the LifeCycle Challenge tangibly improved the quality of life and helped to alleviate the suffering of renal patients over a span of more than two decades.
The funds were invested in impactful projects such as the TRACCIA Software Support System which is the software used at Mater Dei Hospital’s Renal Unit for the matching of kidney donors with medically compatible transplant candidates; the ongoing research programme on CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) at the University of Malta; new couches for patients undergoing renal dialysis and the annual trip to Lourdes for renal patients.

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 on this link: https://buff.ly/35g17CC 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
For more information, one can visit https://lifecyclefoundation.com or https://www.facebook.com/LifeCycleChallenge

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