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The whole community has come together


The Dawoodi Bohra Community of Leicester

The ability to bring people together is what makes fundraising so powerful. It unites communities and can have an incredible affect, both in raising awareness among people that can really benefit from new information and raising vital funds to support people in need.

And the The Dawoodi Bohra Community of Leicester showed that power when they organised their own Walk for Diabetes.

The event received fantastic support on the whole, but of particular importance was being supported by local businesses and institutions including the University of Leicester, Demonfort University, Leicester Diabetes Centre and Diabetes Village.

An incredibly positive and motivational day

And to the delight of everyone involved the walk was also supported by Leicester’s Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole and MP Keith Vaz. The latter giving an empowering speech to set the tone for an incredibly positive and motivational day.

The Dawoodi Bohras are Shia Muslims, with most followers living in the western cities of India, as well as Pakistan, Yemen and East Africa.

The walk was organised to highlight the importance of regular exercise and healthy living in the culturally diverse city of Leicester, where communities can be at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

We're incredibly proud to be a part of events like this

A spokesman said: 

There has also been widespread support from different faith communities - including Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Jewish communities - all of whom have supported the event. In this way the whole community has come together in support of this event."

Diabetes UK was one of three charities to benefit from this event, with a total of £10,000+ being donated to help fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Rachel, Regional Fundraiser for Diabetes UK said:

“We’re incredibly proud to be a part of events like this which are so important in helping to raise awareness across the country. They unite people, instigate conversations and also, really importantly, make for a memorable and really enjoyable experience. I’m so happy to have been able to work with Dawoodi Bohra Community of Leicester and hope to do so again.”

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