November is International Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a silent killer that has no cure but can
be managed through making lifestyle changes and various walks in the region aim to promote these, so get your walking shoes on and join the cause.
The Imperial College London Diabetes Centre and Daman are hosting their annual Walk For Life charity event. On 25 November, 15,000 people are expected to hit the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, to walk five-kilometres to raise money for the diabetes foundation. To join the Walk For Life walkathon just head to the Yas Marina Circuit East Entrance on the day and sign up. For Dhs10 you’ll receive a T-shirt, cap, towel and water bottle. Entry is Dhs10. The event starts at 3pm and the walk starts at 5pm, on 25 November, 2011. For more information visit www.diabetesuae.ae or call 02 404 0888.
Another walk for diabetes is to be held by the Landmark Group in Dubai on Friday, 18
November, starting at the Oasis Centre, Dubai. Legendary cricketer, Wasim Akram, has once again extended his solidarity to the cause and
will lead the UAE walkathon again this year.
Registrations for the ‘Beat Diabetes’ walkathon open from Friday, 10 November, with dedicated registration desks set up at Centrepoint,
Home Centre, Fitness First, Max and Oasis Centre outlets in the UAE. Open to all age groups, the walkathon accepts
registrations at no fees and offers all participants a T-shirt and cap. Complimentary
blood glucose tests and distribution of awareness pamphlets to educate the community
about diabetes are additional activities organised during the walkathon.
In 2010, the
Landmark Group’s ‘Beat Diabetes’ walkathon attracted over 25,000 people while over
30,000 were administered free blood glucose tests across six countries.
The Landmark Group will also host walkathons across Kuwait,
Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, as well as Bangalore in India during