RAGDiabetes TEAMS UP TO RAISE FUNDS
Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes has “teamed up” with some great groups and great individuals to raise funds for diabetic supplies, insulin to live, and scholarships for children to attend diabetes camp in Tallahassee area and Rwanda: Team Type 1 (pro cycling team, all Type 1 diabetics, racing in Tour of Rwanda in Nov.), the International Diabetes Federation Life for A Child Program in Rwanda, The Cake Shop, Sweat Therapy Fitness, Just Get Fit Health and Fitness, The Honeytree Natural Foods, Dr. Nancy Wright, Florida State University (FSU) Student Government, including the FSU Cycling Team and FSU Campus Recreation, The Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center and Whole Child Leon.
HAPPENINGS AT THE 2010 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
|Activity was very brisk at the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes (RAGDiabetes)Booth in the House of Friendship. More than 600 Rotarians stopped by to visit and to inquire as to Rotary service projects related to diabetes. Rotarians, especially from developing countries, continually expressed concern over the spreading epidemic of diabetes in their countries. New opportunities for the foot care program in the Caribbean and in Africa were discussed. A major effort by Rotaract/Interact to get involved in the war against diabetes was announced. Plans for their involvement in projects is already underway. Clubs/Districts desiring to participate in diabetes projects were able to interface with Rotarians who could assist with resource.
Among the Rotarians hosting in the Booth were Roger Champion-Florida, Ed Philman-Florida, Lori McCall-Florida, Jerry Young-Canada, Joseph Tam-Canada, Andrew Perry-UK, Paul Charter-UK, Barbara Bonar-California, Massimo & Nicolette Benedetti-Italy, Martin Silink-Australia, Jo & Larry Deeb-Florida, and Betty & Wayne Edwards-Florida. Thanks to these caring Rotarians for their assistance, support, and interest.
RAGDiabetes Booth at the 2010
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ROTARIAN ACTION GROUP FOR DIABETES
Wayne Edwards, President of the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes (RAGDiabetes), called to order the initial Annual Meeting of the RAGDiabetes on Monday, June 21st at 1330. The meeting was held during the Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Canada. Minutes of the previous Board of Directors meeting and a Secretary`s report were presented by Martin Silink. The Treasurer`s report was presented by Larry Deeb.
Updates were presented on the following major programs:
- Caribbean Foot Care � Andrew Perry, Rotary Club of Ledbury, UK\
- Cameroon Clinics � Massimo Benedetti, PDG District 2090, Italy
- Tanzania Microcredit and Clinics � Massimo Benedetti, PDG District 2090, Italy
- IDF Life for a Child � Martin Silink, Rotary Club of Lane Cove, Australia
Rotarians Larry Deeb, Past President of the ADA, and Martin Silink, Past President of the IDF, brought the membership up to date on activities surrounding the World Diabetes Day to occur on Novemer 14th. Also, the need for support for the announced UN session on Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) to be held in September 2011 was discussed. PDG Wayne will be involved with a Rotary International Board Committee chaired by Director John Smarge to recommend the organization and structure of all Rotary Action Groups.
Lively discussion followed with emphasis on increasing memberships in RAGDiabetes and increasing the visibility of the RAGDiabetes.
The meeting was adjourned at 1530.
The Rotary Club of Ledbury Caribbean Diabetic Footcare Project
By Karen Jones — PR Officer, RIBI
The Rotary Club of Ledbury, D1100, working with the International Diabetes Federation, Rotary Clubs throughout the world and with the support of Caribbean Rotary Clubs are tackling and reducing the very high incidence of lower limb amputations caused through diabetic foot ulcers.
With the aim of the programme, based on the IDF �Step by Step model� to improve diabetic foot care, health care professionals are trained in the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot problems encouraging them to disseminate the knowledge and skills acquired to their local clinics.
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Dr. Karel Bakker, Chair of International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot presented a paper at the World Diabetes Congress in Montreal in September of 2009.