Did you know that as a result of poor diet and lack of exercise, around 2 million Australians are at risk of developing diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious condition that inhibits your ability to produce the insulin that your body needs to convert glucose into energy. This means you end up with unhealthy levels of glucose in your blood, which can lead to health complications including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, limb amputation, depression and blindness.
The two main types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2, and both are on the increase in Australia.
Type 2 diabetes is largely due to the growing obesity epidemic. Poor diet and reduced physical activity are putting an estimated 2 million Australians at risk of developing the condition.
Who organises National Diabetes Week?
Diabetes Australia is the national body for people affected by diabetes. Their mission is to work with health professionals, educators, researchers and healthcare providers to minimise the impact of diabetes on the community.
In collaboration with other diabetes organisations, Diabetes Australia provides practical assistance, information and subsidised products to more than one million Australians diagnosed with diabetes. They also work to raise awareness, promote prevention through early detection and advocate for better standards of care.
They are also a significant financial contributor to diabetes research and National Diabetes Week is an important event in their fundraising calendar.
What happens during National Diabetes Week?
National Diabetes Week is held in July each year and is an opportunity for Diabetes Australia to increase awareness of the dangers of diabetes and to raise funds for research into diabetes treatments and the search for a cure. The date for 2017 is yet to be confirmed.
They focus on a different aspect of diabetes each year and themes from previous years have included diabetes-related amputations, the serious health complications of diabetes and the case for a national diabetes prevention program. The week consists of high-level conferences as well as backyard fundraising events, and everyone is encouraged to get on board and help make a difference.
How can you get involved?
- Make a one-off donation to help fund diabetes research.
- Join Diabetes Australia’s Cure Club and make regular monthly donations.
- Give a donation in lieu of gifts or flowers on special occasions such as weddings, funerals, birthdays and anniversaries.
- Leave a bequest to Diabetes Australia in your will.
- Help raise funds for Diabetes Australia by participating in one of their charity fundraising events.
- Use Diabetes Australia’s EveryDay Hero website to organise a fundraising event of your own.
- Become a corporate partner and improve your corporate social responsibility credentials by helping to fund research.
- Make small regular donations from your pre-tax salary.
- Shop on the Everyday Hero website, where a percentage of sales are donated to the charity of your choice.
- To find out more about National Diabetes Week, go to https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/
- To find out more about becoming a regular donor, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 800 977