Support is on hand for those suffering from diabetes, as the Fish Hoek Lions Club is reintroducing a diabetes support group in the Far South. People with diabetes need to be kept informed and educated on the disease and how to control it, says support group organiser Sue Kinnell.The support group will allow for ongoing education and for those with diabetes to meet and exchange ideas with others having similar health problems.Late last year Fish Hoek Lions were approached by Marelize Batt (herself a type 2 diabetic) to help with refreshments at the diabetic support group she was restarting. “But, due to various personal reasons, she was unable to continue running the group and the Lions Club, seeing the necessity for such a group, decided to run with it in the hope that Batt would be able to give us advice and assistance when she was available,” says Kinnell.The support group will meet every first Thursday of the month in the Fish Hoek Library hall, says Kinnell. The Lions will be holding a fundraising tea to help get the group up and running.Funds raised during the tea will be put towards providing the monthly venue, refreshments and guest speakers to “inform, educate, inspire and motivate diabetes sufferers”.“In addition, the Fish Hoek Lions Club wants to run diabetes screening at the various shopping centres – as many people are unaware that they have diabetes. Eye screening and testing is also important as [diabetic eye disease] is one of the side effects of diabetes and sometimes the first indication that there is a problem. This all costs money,” she says.The spring tea fundraising event will take place in the Dutch Reformed Church hall in Kommetjie Road at 14:30. Tickets cost R60 each and include tea or coffee and eats, as well as entertainment, prizes and lucky draws. There will also be a guest speaker discussing diabetes. “Diabetes is one of the five major areas of focus for Lions clubs internationally. It is a disease that affects people of all ages, all races, both sexes, the rich and the poor,” says Kinnell. “We hope that eventually, all people in the Far South (including those in the poorer areas) will have access to information and assistance with diabetes and will have the opportunity to engage with others in a similar position.” V For more information call Sue Kinnell on 072 212 0277 or Annette Bothma on 073 185 2927.