SINGAPORE - About 300 grassroots leaders from the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang constituency pledged an artificial kidney each earlier today, which will go towards needy patients undergoing dialysis, The Straits Times reported.
An artificial kidney, which fulfils the function of a real kidney by removing waste products and cleansing the patient's blood during dialysis, costs $30 each and can be used for about a month.
The National Kidney Foundation said they need over $1 million to fund the tube-shaped artificial kidneys yearly to treat about 2,400 patients at 24 dialysis centres around the island.
An MP for the area Yeo Guat Kwang even pledged to match the donations made dollar for dollar.
The year-long public awareness campaign by NKF called Be an AK Giver was launched at the foundation's Hougang-Punggol Dialysis Centre on Saturday.