Rotaract Blue marked World Diabetes Day on November 14th in the District of East End with a Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Booth at the East End Heritage Day.
 

The booth contained a wealth of 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. Many students from the primary schools visited the booth and were able to take home material to review with their families.

The club was also joined by visiting Endocrinologist, Dr. Bresta Miranda Palma. Dr. Miranda Palma, a guest of the Cayman Islands Diabetic Support Group, took some time out to demonstrate the correct use and operation of blood glucose monitors and answer questions from members of the public.

Rotaract Blue member Sophia Scott stated that, " 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 has very exciting projects in store for the near future to encourage lifestyle changes and we hope that members of the public will embrace the campaign by making positive changes through adopting a healthier lifestyle".

  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.

Discussing the new campaign, Community Service Director for Rotaract Blue, Mr. Luigi Moxam noted that, "I am very proud of the dedication our members have had to this project. 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".

Members of Rotaract Blue ended the day by assisting the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association at the official lighting ceremony in Heroes square. When asked about the ceremony, club member Leigh Smellie said that, "It was a wonderful experience. We were able to meet and talk with members of the community who live with this illness everyday as well as the dedicated individuals in our health services industry who gave their time to provide free screenings and advice to all who attended".

Part proceeds from Rotaract Blue's Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Campaign will benefit the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association and The Cayman Islands Diabetic Support Group.

 To learn more about Rotaract Blue's Diabetes Awareness and Prevention campaign or to make a donation, please e-mail Director Luigi Moxam at one345@gmail.com or rotaractbluepr@gmail.com .