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Charity walk to help beat diabetes to be held on virtual basis

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The Unfinished Church in St George's is one of the beauty spots on this year’s Walk to ‘Defeet’ Diabetes (File photograph)

A last call went out today for people to put their best foot forward for a charity walk to raise funds for the fight against diabetes.

The Walk to ‘Defeet’ Diabetes, held every year, will be in a virtual format and participants were asked to walk, jog or run a planned route around St George’s in their own time.

A spokeswoman for the event said: “All funds raised will go towards the Bermuda Diabetes Association’s work. Education is a particular focus this year, ensuring that those with diabetes are fully empowered to manage their condition with an emphasis to ensure accessibility to support and diabetes education regardless of insurance status.”

She added: “There has been a dramatic increase in those now underinsured or uninsured and therefore an increase in funding is necessary to make sure programmes are accessible to everyone.

“While there might not be the same sense of community with a virtual event, participants are urged to engage on social media instead and to showcase their participation.”

The event is a collaboration between the Lindo’s Group of Companies supermarket chain and the Bermuda Diabetes Association.

Zach Moniz, the manager of Lindo’s Family Foods, said: “We are proud to continue to support the Bermuda Diabetes Association in their incredibly important work in supporting those with diabetes and leading the way in prevention.

“As the spring flowers bloom and the weather warms, we think this is a wonderful activity the whole family can get involved with while supporting a good cause.“

Sara Bosch de Noya, of the Bermuda Diabetes Association, added: “This annual fundraiser with Lindo’s is one of our biggest fundraisers and is crucial for our being able to provide resources and services for those with diabetes in the community.

“We hope that everyone will show their support for our mission by signing up.“

The 5km route will cover picturesque spots including Gate’s Fort, Tobacco Bay and the Unfinished Church and is expected to take about an hour to complete for most people.

Entrants were asked to publicise the event by taking selfies at key points on their walk and posting them to the event’s Facebook page here.

Participants who raise more than $100 will be entered into a prize draw which includes a dinner for two at Ascots restaurant and gift certificates for Harbourfront Restaurant and La Trattoria, all in Hamilton.

People who raise more than $250 are eligible to win an iPad 10.2 donated by office supplies company AF Smith.

Entrants will also be eligible for discounts at Robertson’s Pharmacy, Wahoo’s Bistro and Patio, Bermuda Linen and Gifts, Seaglass Design Studio, The Things We Love, The Wharf Restaurant and Seawater Bermuda.

Registration can be completed here and entry is $20 per person.

The first 500 participants will receive a goodie bag from wholesalers BGA and an event T-shirt from Lindo’s.

Sara Bosch de Noya, of the Bermuda Diabetes Association (File photograph)

T-shirts and goodie bags can be collected from the Bermuda Diabetes Association at 22 Princess Street, Hamilton, until 6pm today.

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Published March 17, 2022 at 4:36 pm (Updated March 17, 2022 at 7:07 pm)

Charity walk to help beat diabetes to be held on virtual basis

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