What Are You Doing for World Diabetes Day?

So, what are you guys doing for World Diabetes Day? (Nov. 14)

Where I work (Full Sail college, in Winter Park, FL) we’re going to hold a “Draw For a Cure” event along with a walk.

Some great things we can do to raise awareness:

Seek local, national and regional proclamations and declarations supporting the goals and ideals of World Diabetes Day: http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/get_involved/pages/69 or maybe get local officials to light up your skyline in blue on Nov. 14! http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/bluemonumentsmap

And, if you haven’t done it yet… (you know it’s coming):

Whatever you do, don’t let World Diabetes Day slide under the carpet: get up and do something to raise diabetes awareness.

Something I received from Khurt, one of our members…

20 days to go to World Diabetes Day!

  1. Latest buildings to light up the skyline
  2. Capturing the lightings
  3. Are you on the WDD calendar?
  4. Help write the book of the day

Latest buildings to light up the skyline

Over 60 landmark buildings and sites have come together to support the first United Nations World Diabetes Day and light up the skyline in the pantone colour of the diabetes symbol and WDD logo (pantone 279).

The buildings that have signed up since the last update are:

  • Taipei 101 Tower, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Dharhara Tower, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kuwait Towers, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Opera and Ballet Theater building, Tirana, Albania
  • Clock Tower, Tirana, Albania
  • Aleppo Citadel, Aleppo, Syria
  • Hopewell Center, Hong Kong, China
  • Hodfi House, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • City Hall, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • St Stephen’s Church Ipswich, Australia
  • Hervey Bay City Council, Australia
  • Museum of Archeology, Valletta, Malta

See all the buildings in one place: http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/bluemonuments

Capturing the lightings

In order to maximise the media opportunities presented by the lightings, it will be critical that the media are aware of any lighting events in advance and are provided with appropriate materials and resources to encourage them to cover the story.

We want to support this process. We are developing materials that can be adapted at local level to help promote local events to media and ensure consistent messaging across the global campaign. We will have these materials ready for distribution from Friday 26 October.

Are you on the WDD calendar?

The World Diabetes Day website hosts an events calendar for the diabetes world to post information about its World Diabetes Day events and activities. Over 100 events have been added to the calendar in the past few weeks. At present, more than five events a day are added to the calendar.

Please make sure that your World Diabetes Day events and activities have been included. Visit the calendar Visit at http://events.worlddiabetesday.com.

Help write the book of the day

The World Diabetes Day book is a browsable repository of relevant documents to support the first United Nations observed World Diabetes Day. The book will be made available online in time for November 14 and will provide the possibility for individuals touched by diabetes to share their stories and messages of support.

All you need to do is send documents, pictures, messages of support, film clips – in fact anything that you feel will interest the World Diabetes Day audience - by e-mail to communications@idf.org or by post to:

IDF Communications
International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
Avenue Emile De Mot 19
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

During WWII Europeans wore a paper clip on their lapels in protest against the Nazi And a mermorial to those who parished in the consentration camp. The paper clip was choosen in honor of Johann Valer ,the Norwegian Jew who invented the paper clips.

I’m wearing a blue paper clip for diabetes awareness and as a mermorial to all those parished from this disease.