To show that diabetes is no obstacle for being active, the youth group of the Norwegian Diabetes Association organized an awareness campaign during the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromsø on 30 June 2012. During the Marathon they had a stand in the city centre where they performed free blood glucose tests, provided information about diabetes to the general public and gave away t-shirts to runners to wear during their run.
30 06 2012
26 06 2012
History was made in Germany recently when a number of people, including German Young Leader Jan Twachtmann, founded a new patient organisation in Berlin called Deutsche Diabetes-Hilfe. Jan (Left of the sign in the picture) has been elected as President of the organisation. He hopes "the new organisation will unite all diabetes patients and facilitate the cooperation between patients, doctors and nurses". The new organisation will act as a subsidiary of the International Diabetes Federation's existing German Member Association, Diabetesde.
06 05 2012
The charity event "Heart to Heart" took place all over Ukraine in May 2012 in order to encourage youth volunteerism, to promote healthy lifestyle and to raise funds for children with diabetes. This joint project between the Kyiv charity Fund “Diabetic” (member of the International Diabetes Federation) and the Ukrainian charity Fund “Heart-to-heart”, received the support of Ukrainian’s celebrities and Government representatives.
24 04 2012
At age 24, Krystal Boyea is fast becoming the recognized face and voice of diabetes in Barbados. In April 2012, Krystal spoke at a panel side event during the 45th Session of the Commission on Population and Development United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). As the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) first regional youth representative for the North American and Caribbean region, she spoke about her experiences of growing up with diabetes.
23 04 2012
Young Leader Livingston Fraser from Grenada speaks on national television about the work he is doing with the Grenadian Diabetes Association and also with the Young Leaders in Diabetes. This includes screening in schools, exercise programs and diabetes camps run by the youth volunteers. You can watch the full interview here
01 04 2012
In Grenada, Young Leader Abigail Alexis recently helped to organise a social evening on the beach for people with diabetes. It was estimated that at least 75% of type 1 diabetics aged under 30 in the whole of Grenada attended. They played lots of educational games, shared their experiences and had a question/answer session conducted by one of their doctors. Abigail said "It was indeed a life changing experience" and one of the attendees stated " Since I've been diagnosed, this is the first time I can live comfortably with diabetes, after meeting others like myself".