Kidneys on the Move is an annual charitable event in Victoria with the goal of supporting patients living with kidney disease and needing a kidney transplant. We help spread awareness of kidney health, organ donation and transplantation. Traditionally, the event is held at the Royal Colwood Golf Course and consists of a dinner, dance and silent auction hosted by the Hobbs family, the founders of the organization. The funds raised are directed to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch and are designated towards travel and accommodation expenses, assisting patients following kidney transplantation during their 6-8 week post-operative stay in Vancouver. Since it was formed in 2001, KOTM has helped raise over $100,000.
A legacy to Doug
KOTM is a legacy to Doug Hobbs supporting others needing a kidney transplant, and raising awareness about the importance of organ registration. Since he was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12, Doug was aware of the possibilities of greater health challenges. On Valentine’s Day, 2000, Doug received a kidney transplant donated to him by his brother Keith. Following his transplant, Doug retired from his previous career to take up the role of director and later president of the Victoria chapter of the Kidney Foundation. Doug shared his strong commitment to the renal community with his wife Maureen and together they started Kidneys on the Move in 2001. Their annual event is held at the Royal Colwood Golf Club where Doug always enjoyed being a member, and being with friends. Since his passing, his wife, the former president of the Kidney Foundation’s Victoria chapter and co-founder of KOTM, Maureen, continues to lead the organization as it heads into its 21st anniversary.
KOTM Leadership Team
Maureen Hobbs RN BSN MN, Cofounder, KOTM
Colin Hobbs, KOTM Volunteer
Gordie Robinson, Director, KOTM
Cathy Shotton, Kidney Transplant Donor, KOTM Chairperson
Nicki Shotton, Kidney Transplant Recipient, KOTM Chairperson
Alison Craig RN BSN BSc, KOTM Chairperson