With National Diabetes Week fast approaching Lions Clubs across Australia are on a mission to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve the quality of life for those diagnosed.
Diabetes is one of the Lions’ key global focus areas and the organisation is encouraging those in their community to stay active particularly during COVID-19 outbreaks.
Lions volunteers across the country are putting their walking shoes on for its annual Lap the Map event where the organisation aims to have a combined distance travelled that will exceed Australia’s circumference (25,760 kms) by World Diabetes Day on 14th November.
Last year, Lions Australia not only lapped the map once but reported a combined distance of 199,875 kms, almost 7.75 times the distance of Australia’s circumference.
National Diabetes Coordinator Pat Mills says the organisation is aiming to beat last year’s incredible result.
“The ‘Lions Lap the Map’ family friendly walks and campaigns in the community encourage people to get outside and have a walk to promote healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the Diabetes epidemic in Australia.”
“Across Australia 1.3 million people have been diagnosed with Diabetes and 283 people are diagnosed every day,” says Lions Australia Lions National Diabetes Coordinator Pat Mills.
“The disease can lead to serious health issues affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. In most high-income countries, Diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. It’s expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045,” says Pat.
“With more people working from home and more communities living with tighter social restrictions due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for Australians to stay active and healthy so we encourage people to get involved in our Lap the Map activities,” adds Pat Mills.
Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and effective ongoing support and management reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications and in recent years Lions Clubs across Australia have been focused on raising awareness and funds to support more vital research into the diagnoses and treatment.
With over 1.4 million members, Lions is the largest service organisation in the world. Since the first club was formed in Australia 74 years ago Lions has grown dramatically in size and impact with over 1200 Lions Clubs now in Australia giving back to the community.
In addition to the thousands of community service and support projects across Australia each year, Lions support a range of other major research projects and support programs including medical research, environment work and emergency disaster relief. Some Lions foundations include Lions Australia Diabetes Foundation, Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation, Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation, Lions Eye Health Program, Lions Hearing Dogs, Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation.
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