Sitting for hours on a chair – how does this feel?


Over 1200 participants raised awareness for kidney disease at the NKF 'Sit-A-Thon' event

An overwhelming number of participants took part in the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Sit-A-Thon event to raise awareness for kidney disease and to encourage healthier lifestyles.

A true sense of community spirit was alive during the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Sit-A-Thon event earlier this year. The initiative attracted more than 1200 participants who were seated on stools for four hours to give a sense of the plight kidney patients face during each dialysis session. While seated, participants were engaged in different challenges with one arm immobilised representing the dialysis setting, for 4 to 5 hours three times a week.1 

NKF chief executive Eunice Tay said: “The event was an exercise for people to learn more about kidney failure, about dialysis patients and for them to empathise with our patients".

In Singapore, there are about three people diagnosed with kidney failure every day and about 5000 patients with kidney failure requiring dialysis.2  

Fresenius Medical Care Singapore staff also rose to the challenge to support this great NKF initiative.

Highlights of the event can be watched here and a news report from Today Singapore can be viewed here.



  1. [Accessed November 2013]
  2. [Accessed December 2013]