“Denim for Diabetes” at Greytown Junior

2018-05-16 06:02
Dr T. Nodada, Mr S.J. Nel (principal) and pupils of Greytown Junior School at the recent successful Denim for Diabetes fundraiser at the school.

Dr T. Nodada, Mr S.J. Nel (principal) and pupils of Greytown Junior School at the recent successful Denim for Diabetes fundraiser at the school.

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GREYTOWN Junior was invited by Diabetes South Africa to participate in a fundraising and awareness “Denim for Diabetes” day on Friday, May 4.

We accepted this invitation as we are concerned about the health and wellbeing of the pupils in our school.

We thank Dr T. Nodada, our local doctor, who spoke to our pupils on this debilitating disease.

KZN has the greatest number of diabetes(1,2 million), in the country.

The following are the current statistics from the International Diabetes Federation, the World HEALTH ORGANISATION AND THE CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL:

* Every day 200 children develop type 1 diabetes.

* Every year, 70 000 children under the age of 15 develop type 1 diabetes.

* Due to obesity and inactive lifestyles, type 2 diabetes in children is becoming a global public health issue with potentially serious outcomes.

* Type 2 diabetes affects children in both developed and developing countries.

* 30% of children born in the year 2000 are expected to become diabetic if lifestyles changes are not made.

* Every eight seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes.

* Every 30 seconds a lower limb is amputated worldwide.

* There is no known cure for type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

* There are more people worldwide dying of diabetes complications than there are of AIDS.

An amount of R2 500 was raised and sent to Diabetes South Africa which will be used to buy glucometers, testing strips for under privileged diabetic children, to run educational camps for them and provide support. We thank the parents and pupils for their donations.

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