Lap The Map For Diabetes

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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The Lions Club of Young will host a Lap the Map event on Saturday, March 19 to help raise awareness of diabetes.

A spokesperson for the club said that the Off The Beaten Track event felt like the perfect time to host the Lap for the first time in Young.

“It’s a fun walk open to everyone,” the spokesperson said. “There is a self-assessment form. The aim is to promote quality of life.”

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of diabetes and while fundraising is not the main purpose of the lap, there is a $5 entry fee.

Any and all monies raised on the day will go directly to diabetes research.

The distance travelled and the number of people participating in the walk will be added together with the aim of surpassing the circumference of Australia.

People unable to walk themselves may participate by sponsoring a walker.

Every five minutes, someone in Australia develops diabetes. That’s 280 Aussies each day.

There are a number of health complications associated with diabetes, including:

  • Blindness
  • Amputations
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease

A number of community groups will have information support booths on the day.

Registration will occur on Saturday morning at Anderson Park near the Lions barbecue area. People will be asked to sign a release form when they register.

Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, it is one of the fastest-growing chronic illnesses in Australia, so head out to Anderson Park for a fun walk for a great cause.

KP Carmody

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