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Bray Lions Club mark World Diabetes Day

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Bray Lions Club and pupils from St Cronan's with bags of apples.

Bray Lions Club and pupils from St Cronan's with bags of apples.

Bray Lions Club and pupils from St Cronan's with bags of apples.

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Bray Lions joined with 44,000 Lions Clubs throughout the world to mark World Diabetes Day on November 14.

The Bray club distributed apples as a symbol of healthy eating to 400 primary school children across five schools in the area, together with a Diabetes information letter for parents and a Diabetes Guide bookmark. The pupils at St Cronan’s, Bray helped pack bags of apples for distribution by a six strong Bray Lions Club team.

Bray Lions Club President Joe Codyre, highlighted the importance of this initiative saying: “Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death in the world and it is estimated that worldwide more than 460 million people have Diabetes, and this number is growing.”

In response to the growing incidence of Diabetes worldwide, the 1.4 million members of Lions Clubs International have adopted Diabetes as a signature project. Lions Clubs in Ireland are organising a variety of projects and events aimed at raising awareness of Type 2 Diabetes and promoting healthy lifestyles.

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While several types of Diabetes exist, the Lions Signature Project aims to specifically address the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Eating healthily, increasing the level of physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight, all play a role in preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

Diabetes Ireland and Diabetes UK (NI) estimates that there are 340,000 individuals with Diabetes in Ireland of which approximately 80 per cent have Type 2 Diabetes.

Bray Lions club are confident that the project can create awareness of Type 2 Diabetes and greatly reduce the impact of the condition on individual health and that of our children and grandchildren.


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