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Help shine a light on diabetes

Diabetes UK is encouraging people across the country to light local monuments in blue on 14 November to mark World Diabetes Day.

World Diabetes Day is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). This year the theme is diabetes in children and adolescents, as every day more than 200 children across the world are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.


As part of World Diabetes Day celebrations, Diabetes UK is backing IDF’s Monument Challenge, which was a huge success last year with over 300 monuments and buildings lit up blue across the world as beacons of hope for people with diabetes. This year, we need you to help IDF to up this to 500.

Blue represents World Diabetes Day because it is the official colour of the logo and of the UNite for Diabetes campaign which was instrumental in the United Nations’ resolution recognising diabetes as a major threat to global health.

Diabetes affects more than 250 million people worldwide. It is a serious condition that, if not managed effectively, can lead to complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. World Diabetes Day aims to make people aware of the seriousness of the condition and the impact it has across the world.

Bring diabetes to light

You can bring diabetes to light on 14 November by purchasing and lighting a World Diabetes Day candle in your home, workplace, or other setting of your choice. Specially produced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to encourage individuals to raise global awareness of diabetes on the day, the candle (60 x 130mm) comes in the distinctive blue colour of the World Diabetes Day logo. Order your candle from the World Diabetes Day website today.

Organisations supporting World Diabetes Day in the UK include Diabetes UK, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children with Diabetes Advocacy Group, INPUT, Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust and Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation.

Get involved in the challenge

You can get involved by thinking about what monuments in your area are iconic or well known and would make a great impact being lit in blue. To help you with the logistics of lighting monuments follow the link on the right of this page to the World Diabetes Day website to download a World Diabetes Day 2008 Lighting Guide. 

There are many other ways to mark World Diabetes Day like holding blue candlelit walks, human blue circles or a sponsored wear blue day.  Watch this space for the latest information on Diabetes UK’s activities for World Diabetes Day.

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