It's reported that 1.7 million Australians have chronic kidney disease, with most unaware of their condition – so the Kidney Kar Rally from August 15-24 aims to raise awareness and funds for children with kidney disease.
Prime minister Julia Gillard tweeted her support for the 24th Kidney Kar Rally, where her partner Tim Mathieson is an ambassador for Kidney Health Australia and participated in the first leg in WA from Mandurah to Kalgoorlie.
"As an Ambassador for Kidney Health Australia I hope I can use my profile to drive awareness of the fact that there are around 1.7 million Australians out there with chronic kidney disease and most don’t know they have it," Mr Mathieson said.
Rally cars drive over 4,500 kilometres to encourage locals to take the test to find out if they are at risk of chronic kidney disease – known also as the 'silent killer', where it's said that some people lose 90 per cent of kidney function before showing symptoms.
If you or one of your family members have chronic kidney disease, you may find it helpful to have health insurance.
A family health insurance plan can help to ensure you get the treatment and care you need for your medical condition – encouraging a healthier wellbeing.