AYUDA and our Dominican partner are excited to invite you to join us on June 9th in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for 'Ganémosle la carrera a la diabetes': (Lets Beat Diabetes Race) to support young people living with diabetes in the Dominican Republic. This event features a 10k and 5K Run/Walk (10K and 5K Carrera), a Children's Race and a Zumba-a-thon.
The event is key since currently 1 in 4 Dominicans either have or are at risk of having diabetes. The event, in conjunction with it's national diabetes advocacy campaign aims to increase physical activity levels by encouraging people to exercise in a fun, friendly environment. AYUDA will be bringing a team of young volunteers, 50% of whom have Type 1 diabetes, to be part of the national media campaign and to work together as role models to show that diabetes or not, everyone can lead a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise. AYUDA volunteers will be working closely with other youth with diabetes from Aprendiendo A Vivir, AYUDA's local partner to help to change the public perception of people living with diabetes. There will also a be a children's diabetes education program for children with diabetes attending the event.
Take a look at the video link below to see a 'behind the scenes' insight in the campaign.
And if you can, consider joining us in-country on June 9th and be part of the action yourself!
As AYUDA's motto says,'Juntos somos más fuertes' - "together we are stronger"...
Since we last wrote AYUDA has been supporting our partner organization based in Quito, Ecuador - la 'Fundacion Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador' (FDJE) through a period of strategic planning for their immediate and longer term future goals. As with all NGOs their goal is to become increasingly sustainable and find increased financial support for their locally based projects.
In the meantime, AYUDA continues to support their project goals in line with our mission to 'empower youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities abroad'. This summer some of our more experienced volunteers plan to return to Ecuador to support the FDJE with smaller, locally focused projects in conjunction with Ecuadorian young leaders with diabetes. As these projects develop we will continue to post!
Currently, AYUDA is preparing for its annual Volunteer Training Program and new intake of volunteers for 2013 projects.