A LITTLE over 2 500 people enjoyed the Durban leg of the Diabetes SA 5km Global Walk on Sunday under clear skies on Durban’s beach front. The course took participants from the amphitheatre to the Tropicana Hotel and back, and Diabetes SA’s Durban branch manager Jenny Russell was more then happy with the success of the event. “This is a huge victory for diabetes and has created massive awareness for the condition,” she said. “I cannot get over the great turn-out and people giving of their time on a Sunday morning to be a part of this. “This means people are making a concerted effort and taking a big interest in creating a healthier lifestyle for themselves. The response from the corporate world (businesses) and schools has been phenomenal.” Sharks rugby player and brand ambassador for Diabetes SA, Kyle Cooper, unfortunately could not take on the walk as he was on crutches, recovering from a recent operation. However, he still made time to be at the walk, joining the throng at the start. “It’s great to see the people of Durban coming together and showing their support to this event,” he said. It’s important for Durban to host such a walk as it gets people to sit up and take note of the harsh reality of diabetes and the stats and facts which make it a deadly condition if not treated correctly.” For the first 1 500 walkers to finish there was a goodie bag waiting, plus plenty of superb lucky draw prizes on offer. Participants and supporters took advantage of the free testing available, checking their glucose, kidney function and blood pressure.