Lions Lap the Map Diabetes Awareness Project is being promoted as a high priority to clubs over the coming months and a way that club members can serve. Either in small groups or individually during the current lockdowns and restrictions.
The ‘Lions Lap the Map’ family friendly walks and community events will promote healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the Diabetes epidemic in Australia. Clubs will be reporting the length of their walks and are aiming to have a combined distance travelled that will exceed Australia’s circumference (25,760 kms). “Diabetes is a serious health issue affecting too many Australian lives,” says Pat Mills, Lions National Diabetes Coordinator.
“Lions across Australia are committed to doing what we can to raise awareness and increase education around diabetes. Whether affected by diabetes or not we encourage people to come along to our Lap the Map events. It will be a great day out and a wonderful opportunity to meet with others in your community and increase awareness of this terrible disease,” says Pat.
“We also encourage attendees to post photos or videos participating in walks and use the hashtag #Lionslapthemap to help raise awareness of our combined relay for diabetes awareness across Australia,”
Have you have been able to start planning for this year’s Lap the Map. There are several Clubs already that have started regular walks.
All the kms can be added to your totals after the major focus of World Diabetes Day on November14th.
Please remember to submit your kms, money raised, how many participants (Lions & non lions) and the type of events you completed to your GST Chairperson Steve by the end of November.
MD Diabetes Coordinator Pat is working with MD PR, and you will shortly see Generic Media Releases for your use in your own areas. Here is a brief snapshot of what to expect:
“Australia’s largest service organisation Lions Australia is on a mission to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and encourage Australians to stay healthy during the COVID-19 health pandemic. Lions Clubs across Australia will be encouraging Australians to get outside and stay active in the lead up to World Diabetes Day this November. Whilst large community events cannot be held due to COVID-19, Lions Australia says this year it is more important than ever to promote exercise and healthy living”.
To stay up to date follow the Lions Lap the Map Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lionslapthemap
Watch this space!
District GST Co-ordinator