Patients Athletic Association
R. P. A. A.
"When the Sports underlines Culture"
The Renal Patients Athletic Association was founded in 1998,
by a group of transplanted and dialyzed people. Our motivation
was our passion for life, the love for the sports and our
intension to share, with the fellow renal patients, the charms
and the emotions that only sports can offer. The Renal Patients
Athletic Association - R..P..A..A. is recognized under the
Law of the Hellenic State 2725/99 and the Greek Athletic Authorities.
All the people working for the R.P.A.A. are volunteers and
The triptych of our activities:
Sports activities - social intervention - cultural expression.
Our objective and ambition is to:
- Cultivate and develop the transplant and dialyzed people
- Give equal opportunities in social benefits that elevate
and ameliorate the quality of life.
- Mark out the effectiveness of dialysis as a successful therapeutic
method and an inevitable process of life.
- Adduce the value and the benefit of transplantation.
• Sensitize the society in the idea of Organ Donation
To materialize our objectives and ambitions,
we have undertaken remarkable pioneering and dynamic initiatives,
in institutional, and social field
In the institutional field, our contribution
in the culture and growth of athletic activity of renal patients
was decisive, by the legislative consolidation, in the Sports
law that was recently voted by the Greek Parliament. Besides
this, we were pioneers in the foundation of European Federation
for sports for transplanted and dialyzed people, (European
Transplant and Dialysis Sports Federation - E.T.D.S.F.) and
the establishment of the institution of Pan European Championship
(Games) for transplanted and dialyzed people.
In the Athletic field, we cultivate mainly
Olympic sports as, track and field, swimming and table tennis.
Our athletes, in total 50 individuals, from 17 cities and
towns, men and women, take part in the World Transplant Games
that takes place every 2 years, in the Pan European Championship
for transplanted and dialyzed people every 2 years. We organize
the Pan Hellenic Championship, for transplanted and dialyzed
people each year. Also we participate in the Bowling Championship
organized by the Piraeus Bowling Association.
Our social work is also extensive. Particularly
for the promotion of the IDEA of ORGAN DONATION, we have undertaken
dynamic and appreciable initiatives, as:
a) In collaboration with O.T.E. (the national
telecommunications organization), we registered in the Telephone
Books of 17 regions and in the Yellow Pages, two pages with
sketches and messages for the Organ Donation. What is more,
we printed out 2 types of telephone timecards promoting Organ
Donation in 500.000 and 750.000 copies. We have already submitted
5 more types of timecards.
b) With the help of sensitized cartoonists
we have made impressive posters that we use as material for
our social expedition.
c) Each year we dispatch to institutions, (Municipalities,
Banks, Associations of workers, Civil Services, etc.) 4.000
greeting cards in order to remind the message of ORGAN DONATION
d) We have made concrete proposals to the Ministries
of Defense and Public Order for briefing the army, the police
officers and the officers of the Greek Armed Forces, in the
idea of ORGAN DONATION.
e) We have made a proposal to the International
Olympic Committee, (IOC), for the establishment of the idea
of the Organ Donation as a modern Olympic message.
f) We created our web page www.san.gr projecting
our activities and messages.
g) Considering the symbolic relation between
the Olympic Flame and transplantation, members of our association,
in 1996 and in 2000, carried the Olympic Flame. Aim of this
attendance was the projection and the distribution of the
message of the ORGAN DONATION.
2003. A new starting point.
We promise that we will continue with the same
passion, the same dynamism and the same consequence, giving
perspective to our fellow patients. Among our ambitious objectives,
a) A privately owned clubroom, where the office
of R.P.A.A. will be accommodated and simultaneously will provide
the convenience for gymnastics, using static bicycles, and
static runways and a table for table tennis
b) It is a fortunate coincidence, that OLYMPIC
GAMES 2004 and CULTURAL OLYMPIAD, offers a golden opportunity
to project and widely distribute the IDEA of ORGAN DONATION,
as a modern OLYMPIC MESSAGE.