Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is urging local people to sign up for its Walk for Diabetes event on Benone Beach and raise vital funds to support people living with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The walk at Benone will take place on Saturday 25 May at 2pm.
The Benone walk is one of 12 taking place throughout May and June, all of which aim to encourage people to be more physically active and to live a healthier lifestyle. It is between 1 and 3 miles long, depending on which length you choose, and is a perfect opportunity to get together with the whole family or a group of friends for some exercise in the fresh air while supporting a very worthwhile local cause. The route is suitable for prams and wheelchairs, and dogs are allowed on leads. Everyone who completes the route will receive a medal.
The latest figures reveal that more than 1,500 people aged 17 and over in the Limavady district have been diagnosed with diabetes and it is estimated that an additional 10% have the condition but do not know it.
Naomi Brown, Fundraising Manager at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland said: “With over 75,000 people in Northern Ireland now living with diabetes and the figure in Limavady having increased by more than 37% in the past 5 years, we must take steps to curb the rise in this very serious condition.
“By taking part in the Walk for Diabetes event at Benone, not only will you be helping to raise money to help us continue our support services and awareness work in Northern Ireland; you’ll also be helping us fund vital research into a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Walking is an excellent way to keep fit and combined with a healthy balanced diet it can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to Benone Beach on 25 May.”
Diabetes UK is working in partnership with Truvia calorie free sweetener to organise the Walk for Diabetes events and all fundraisers who sign up will receive a free goodie bag.
To register for the walk and receive a sponsorship form, please contact Jim Conley on 028 7776 2878 or Cecil Craig on 028 7776 5732.