Dear members and friends,
Diabetes Month is the month of November and 14th November is World Diabetes Day. The Blue Monument Challenge was launched in 2007 to mark the first United Nations observed World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is held to honour all who suffer from the condition; those who have died prematurely due to the condition; and on the most part to create awareness.
Blue is the official colour for diabetes and since then more than 1000 iconic sites and buildings, in 84 countries, are lit up in blue to raise diabetes awareness on World Diabetes Day and in the weeks leading up to the day.
Some of the sites and buildings lit up in blue include: Empire State Building; Belfast City Hall; Brisbane City Hall; Sears Tower; Blackpool Tower, Niagara Falls, CN Tower; Sydney Opera House; The London Eye and Table Mountain.
I am very excited to announce that Voortrekker Monument will go blue this year! It will be lit up in blue for the month of November and Table Mountain will be lit up on World Diabetes Day.
2019 will mark DSA’s 50th anniversary and to celebrate, we have refreshed our logo. We will be phasing it in on all our branding material in the coming months.
We have not changed the old logo too much, but have incorporated the Global Unite for Diabetes blue circle around our old logo. With the stats for diabetes continuing to rise at an alarming rate, it is important for government, corporates, funding organisations and pharmaceutical companies to unite with us to tackle the diabetes pandemic. The new logo gives us a fresh new look and energy to push forward with our objectives and we hope you will like it.
Many of you have been enquiring about becoming members of DSA over the last year. After some delay, we are at last able to offer you memberships with benefits.
It is with great excitement that we re-launch our memberships now with the option of two tiers. Please go on to our membership tab on the DSA website to see the details of what we are offering.
We do hope you will join our membership family. We are planning on adding further exciting benefits over the next months to the ones already on offer.
Please take care of yourselves and your families over the festive season. It is good to celebrate but still to keep your diabetes control in mind and not go overboard.
Yours in Health
Margot Mc Cumisky
National Manager – Diabetes South Africa