A global team of inspiring advocates each living with type 1 diabetes will assemble to trek the mountainous & rainforest terrain of Los Santos, Costa Rica, facing head-on the threat of hypoglycaemia, to fundraise to support the work of the Sonia Nabeta Foundation in Uganda & East Africa, and Diabetes Youth Care in Ghana - both organisations making an essential difference to the lives of many young people living with diabetes.
#T1DGlobal19 will be between 25 April - 4 May 2019, follow all updates on IG @leagueofdiathletes & Facebook @diathlete whilst please giving kindly to support these two important and exceptional organisations who support vital diabetes education, access to crucial medical supplies for people to survive such as insulin & advocacy campaigns for real change, in some of the most hardest situations to live with type 1 diabetes.
Check out: www.sonianabetafoundation.org & www.diabetesyouthcare.org
In this challenge we have assembled 11 'DiAdvocates' of LOD from 8 countries to endure Los Santos in a schedule that also entails reaching local schools of type 1 patients, local diabetes centres & the health professionals in diabetes care to spread empowerment & the patient's voice, and a community day on 27 April pre challenge with 200 delegates registered through Asociacion Dia Vida - the only diabetes patient led organisation in Costa Rica. A documentary will be filmed on type 1 & hypos from voices around the world, to be released on World Diabetes Day 2019.
The donations made will be split 50/50 to support our partner organisations based in Africa, SNF & DYC, and will help generate a significant grassroots impact:
Both organisations regularly strive to host diabetes educational meet ups & camps to ensure young patients receive the key knowledge they need to live with this condition; both organisations have developed patient-advocate leaders who relate, look out for and connect with local youths living with diabetes across their home regions; both organisations further support the access to essential diabetes medical supplies, which so wrongfully in this world are not easily accessible and often come at high cost for patients & families to survive. In much of Ghana & Uganda, as well across most of Africa, any talk of 'pumps' 'closed loops' or 'cgms' very much is an imaginative luxury; 'basal' & 'bolus' insulin in most cases have to be self-funded. Change can happen, change must happen and real change comes from within. In organisations such as DYC and SNF, we are seeing the growth of that impact, led by the voices of young adults living with diabetes from within. Please help them.