World Diabetes Day was held on Wednesday 14 November to raise awareness of diabetes. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
The theme for World Diabetes Day was Diabetes and the Family. Thanks to Jean Misko, Ruth Pascoe, Lily Drage, Theresa Oswald and Zandyn Graham who shared their family support stories on our social media such as Facebook.
Diabetes WA was involved in several activities for World Diabetes Day. These included:
Vault Fitness Spin Challenge
Vault Fitness hosted the Cycle of Care Spin Challenge in the foyer of St Martins Centre to raise awareness and funds on behalf of Diabetes WA. Participants made a $20 donation to register and formed teams of six or more. Teams from Diabetes WA. AusIndustry, Robert Half, Regus Perth, VAULT Fitness SMC, AngloGold Ashanti, Knight Frank Australia, VIX Technology, Calibre/Rio Tinto Australia, Ausenco and Chubb rode for 20 minutes at a time across the day.
The winners of the challenge were:
The team that went the furthest: Korda Mentha with 147km in 20 mins
Most calories burned: Calibre Group with 3336 calories
Highest wattage: Calibre with an average of 289W
Biggest team: Korda Mentha
Thanks also to Waxworks Urban Spa Perth, C Restaurant, Aloha Poke Perth, Voltage Espresso for your prizes and catering. Also, thanks to FineCutz for donating $5 from every haircut, on World Diabetes Day, to Diabetes WA.
In total, more than $2,500 was raised. Thank you very much to all involved!
Seniors Have a Go Day
Our team attended the Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc.‘s Have A Go day at Burswood Park.
They chatted to over 300 people, not just from the Perth metropolitan area but also from Geraldton to Denmark, about Diabetes WA membership, programs and services. For example our Helpline on 1300 001 880, our type 2 fundamental workshop ‘DESMOND’, topic specific workshops like CarbSmart, FootSmart, MedSmart, MeterSmart and ShopSmart as well as general healthy living tips.
Diabetes WA credentialed diabetes educator Alison (pictured in the back) was also there to answer questions people had about preventing and managing diabetes.
Our Health Services Operations Manager, Sophie McGough, attended two tours of laboratories in Perth thanks to Know Pathology Know Healthcare, raising awareness for diabetes amongst politicians.
The first was with the Hon Julie Bishop MP (pictured) to discuss how pathology influences diabetes management. The second was with Federal Member for Tangney Ben Morton MP and Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson MP. Jean Misko, who lives with type 2 diabetes, also attended the tour. During this tour, they met the “invisible doctors” that provide HbA1C test results for people living with diabetes in WA. Watch a video here.
Mr Ian Campbell, a local Esperance resident who lost his wife to diabetes complications, approached three local schools asking them to raise awareness and money for World Diabetes Day. Read the article in The Esperance Express.
Thanks to Nulsen Primary School, Esperance Primary School and Esperance Senior High School on raising awareness and funds for World Diabetes Day. They raised over $900 for people living with diabetes in WA by holding free dress days across the week. A tremendous effort from the Esperance community. Thank you so much!
In the SouthWest
Diabetes WA took the opportunity on World Diabetes Day to raise awareness of the effective prevention program Let’s Prevent that runs over 12 months. Free session are held in Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie and Harvey to help people at risk of diabetes, heart disease or stroke to minimise their risk.
Read an article in The Western Australian featuring Bunbury couple Christine and Neill Rowlandson who have attended the program.
You may have heard our staff being interviewed about World Diabetes Day on Hit FM Bunbury, ABC Goldfields, Red FM, Sonshine FM, ABC Southwest, ABC Northwest and Heritage FM. Our General Manager Health Services and Evaluation Deb Schofield also spoke to Tim Gossage on the 6IX Breakfast show and gave an overview of diabetes including the different types, symptoms and management. Listen here