BAPS Swaminaryan Sanstha UK has appointed Diabetes UK as its 2008 Charity of the Year.
BAPS is an international UN-affiliated charity organisation committed to serving the world by caring for individuals, families and communities through its humanitarian activities.
This year, BAPS is organising its annual national sponsored family walk and fun run in conjunction with Diabetes UK to take place in London and other centres on 6 April.
Diabetes UK is committed to working with the South Asian community to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
It is important to ensure that we communicate to people from these communities in a tone and format that is understood, we therefore ensure that our information is culturally sensitive and linguistic.
We publish information in South Asian languages, also producing guides and publications on healthy eating.
We distribute Diabetes Lifestyle, a newsletter for people from the Black Asian and minority ethnic communities and work with community and religious organisations as well as the ethnic media to reach targeted communities.
Diabetes is a serious condition with profound effects on people, particularly South Asian people, who are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes on average five years earlier than white people.
Three hundred people a day in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes and around 60 are South Asian.
Proceeds from this walk will help Diabetes UK to raise vital funds to produce a special toolkit to educate members of the South Asian community about diabetes, to distribute up to 10,000 free copies of a Bollywood style DVD containing healthy eating and exercise messages and to advertise in media targeting members of the South Asian community.
If you would like to participate and would like to know more, please go towww.bapswalk.orgor contact: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, 105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden, London NW10 8LD. Alternatively, telephone 020 8965 2651 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also wish to organise a Diabetes UK display at your local walk with balloons, banners or sashes.
If this is the case, please call Diabetes UK’s distribution department on 0800 585 088 and quote BAPS08 when ordering materials.