World Diabetes Day in Wales


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To celebrate World Diabetes Day 2010, we wanted to do something special in Wales. Last year, we held a successful event at the Welsh Assembly encouraging Welsh Assembly Members to show their support for the day and to meet some of our volunteers living with diabetes. This year, with 7,000 more people diagnosed with diabetes in Wales, we wanted to put diabetes in the spotlight in a big way and we asked the Welsh Rugby Union for its help.

As a result, last night, for the first time, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was bathed in blue as part of the Blue Monument Challenge for World Diabetes Day.

We hope you agree that it looked fantastic – you can see our photos on Flickr – and the stadium served as a brilliant ambassador for Wales on World Diabetes Day.

In addition to lighting the stadium blue, we were lucky enough to have some of the Welsh rugby team to give up some time during their autumn international training to show their support for the day. Players including Wales captain Matthew Rees and players James Hook, Gethin Jenkins, and Shane Williams all spared the time to wear World Diabetes Day T-shirts and show their support. You can also see photos of the players on Flickr too.

We would like to thank the Welsh Rugby Union, the stadium management and the players for helping us to highlight World Diabetes Day in Wales. We hope their support served to raise awareness about diabetes and how the condition is on the increase in Wales.

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