Transplant games hero dies

2013-06-21 00:00

AFTER working hard to bring the world transplant games to South Africa, the chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Transplant Sports Association Ganasen “Gunston” Padayachee (53) died on Tuesday just 38 days before the start of the World Transplant Games in Durban.

Padayachee was admitted to hospital with cellulitis and died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

He was part of the local organising committee to bring the event to Durban.

National chairman of the World Transplant Games Willie Uys was gutted by the news.

“It is very sad. He worked hard for these games to come to South African since 2005. These games were his biggest dream.”

The games will be held from July 28 to August 4 with competitors from 50 countries taking part.

Padayachee was a life member of the South African Transplant Sports Association.

He was also the founder of the Pietermaritzburg Kidney Association and helped to counsel patients suffering from renal disease.

He was instrumental in helping Grey’s Hospital buy a blood pressure machine and helped secure sponsorship for a dialysis machine.

His work was recognised with the premier’s sports award for outstanding contribution in athletics, as well as the meritorious achievement award for dedicated contribution to sport promotion from the Pietermaritzburg Sports Veterans’ Association.

He leaves his wife Thavapushani and two sons.

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