DSA News Spring 2022

– DSA Western Cape News –

Onyinye receives award by Nigerian community

Onyinye Nwokeji, a nurse and who has been running a Diabetes Wellness Group in Brooklyn/Milnerton in Western Cape for a number of years was given an award in June by the Nigerian community in the area and all the Igbo Nigerian Pastors in the Western Cape. Well done.

Mitchells Plain Wellness Workshop Week

From 22 till 30 July, a Wellness Workshop Week was held at Strand chalets in conjunction with the Mitchells Plain DSA support group.

Blood pressure and blood glucose testing took place every morning and a walking and light exercise programme combined with a fancy dress competition took place.

– DSA Port Elizabeth News –

World Diabetes Day Walk for Diabetes

The Port Elizabeth branch of Diabetes SA held annual Global Walks for Diabetes from 2010 till 2016. Sadly, we have not had Diabetes Walks since 2018 due to the lack of sponsorship and the arrival of COVID. So, we are most excited to announce that on 19 November 2022, the first Saturday after World Diabetes Day, we shall have a Walk for Diabetes in Port Elizabeth.

Our fundraiser manager, Megan Soanes, will be organising this in conjunction with Michael Zoetmulder from Zsports. Michael has done amazing work organising all our previous walks. Young and old are welcome to join this fun walk and to invite their friends and family to also participate. 

The start of our first Diabetes Walk in 2010.
The start of our first Diabetes Walk in 2010.
The start of our last Diabetes Walk in 2016.
The start of our last Diabetes Walk in 2016.

Camp Diabetable

This December, the second Camp Diabetable (Eastern Province) will be held from 15 to 17 December 2022 at Hobbiton-on-Hogsback. Ernest Groenewald, our Camp Director, will be organising this fun-filled and educational event. More information will be available closer to the time.

Gravity Jump for Diabetes

On 2 October 2022, our branch will again be having a Gravity Jump for Diabetes. Our first one was held in November 2017. Paula Thom and Darren Badenhuizen, the DSA Young Guns leaders, will be organising this fun event.

Youngsters attending our first event in 2017.
Youngsters attending our first event in 2017.

– DSA Pretoria News –

Passing of Mariaan Marias

Mariaan Marais served DSA for many years and was an active volunteer. Louise Pywell, a member of DSA Pretoria Wellness Support Group, attended the funeral service on 30 June and wrote, Mariaan Marais’ memorial service on Thursday, 30/6/22 at the Oosterlig NG church in Waterkloof Glen was a beautiful farewell to our dear friend! Her niece Dominee Nadia Marais gave a very touching and heartfelt service which was absolutely befitting of such a special lady! There were photographs and messages from friends screened above the pulpit, which were so personal and emotional! It truly was amazing! A tribute of note! May she RIP …she will forever be in our hearts.