Rotaract Blue recently marked World Diabetes Day in East End with a Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Booth at the East End Heritage Day.
The booth contained free information on diabetes, prevention and control measures as well as information on the United Nation global initiative to assist children who suffer from the illness.
The booth also provided fun ways for children to learn about diabetes through colouring books and kid-friendly surveys on diet and exercise.
The club was also joined by visiting Endocrinologist, Dr. Bresta Miranda Palma, who demonstrated the correct use and operation of blood glucose monitors and answered questions from members of the public.
Rotaract Blue member Sophia Scott, said: ‘The standard diet and lifestyle for many in the Caribbean has put us at high risk for developing this illness, and although this illness has no cure, it is controllable and can also be prevented through healthy diet choices and exercise.’
The club also commemorated World Diabetes Day by inviting businesses to participate in the Going Blue for Diabetes Dress Down Day fundraising initiative.
Several businesses participated and many others have expressed their intention to hold the Dress Down at a later date.
Community Service Director for Rotaract Blue, Luigi Moxam, said: ‘We recognise that creating awareness of Diabetes can’t be limited to World Diabetes Day and we have adopted the motto ‘Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.’ to underline the fact that we will continue this initiative throughout the year’.
Proceeds from Rotaract Blue’s Diabetes Awareness and Prevention initiative will benefit the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association and The Cayman Islands Diabetic Support Group.