Australia’s largest service organisation Lions Australia has successfully “lapped the map” of Australia multiple times, raising awareness for Diabetes and encouraging Australians to stay healthy during the COVID-19 health pandemic.
Lions volunteers across the country have been putting on their best walking shoes in recent weeks and months and have successfully reached their goal to log a combined distance travelled that exceeds Australia’s circumference (25,760 kms) by World Diabetes Day on 14th November. The organisation has reported it has not only lapped the map once but has already reported a combined distance of 196,007 kms, over seven times the distance of Australia’s circumference.
Launched last year, the ‘Lions Lap the Map’ family friendly walks and campaigns in the community raise awareness of the Diabetes epidemic in Australia.
Whilst COVID-19 prevented large community events from going ahead, Lions Australia was determined to continue the Lap the Map campaign this year which was a resounding success.
“COVID-19 has changed how we live and work and never has there been a more important time to highlight the importance of exercise and healthy living. We were thrilled to see so many people putting on their walking shoes, logging some kms and helping raise awareness for Diabetes,” says Pat Mills, Lions National Diabetes Coordinator.