Mid and East Antrim Borough Council supports World Diabetes Day

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Three Mid and East Antrim landmarks will be illuminated blue later to raise awareness of World Diabetes Day.

The Braid in Ballymena, Smiley Buildings in Larne and Carrickfergus Civic Centre will light up in support of the cause.

The Borough’s Mayor, Councillor Paul Reid, said: “I am delighted these special illuminations are taking place so we can support all of those living with diabetes.

“The health and wellbeing of our citizens is vitally important and a key aspect of the Borough’s Putting People First Community Plan.

“We want all residents to enjoy long, healthy and active lives in a Borough which offers high quality public services and health equality for all.”

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland National Director, Jillian Patchett, said: “We would like to thank Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for supporting our call to ‘go blue’ and for raising awareness of diabetes in the local community on World Diabetes Day.

“There are over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland with approximately 90% of those living with Type 2 diabetes. More and more families are being impacted by this relentless condition and it is important that they know they are not alone.

“The more we know about diabetes then the more we can fight it together to make sure it doesn’t get in your way.

“Diabetes is serious, it can be overwhelming and at times can be hard to live with. This World Diabetes Day ‘go blue’ for diabetes and help us raise awareness about a misunderstood condition that so many of us are living with and the support that is available.

“Diabetes UK will be talking about their latest report on ‘The Future of Diabetes’, sharing the experiences of people living with the condition from around the UK.

“If you would like to know more about diabetes then visit Diabetes UK's Northern Ireland page.”

Pictured: The Braid is among the buildings lighting up blue for World Diabetes Day.