The University of Leicester joined a
community group in Leicester to help
fight diabetes. Members of the Dawoodi
Bohra Community organised a diabetes
awareness walk in Victoria Park in March.
The aim was to raise £25,000 working in
association with the University, as well as
with Silver Star, Diabetes UK, Leicester
Diabetes Centre and the Diabetes Village.
Dr Murtaza Salem, Honorary Lecturer in
Cardiovascular Sciences at the University
and Vascular Surgery Specialist Registrar
at Leicester's Hospitals, was one of the
organisers of the event. He said: "Our
community in Leicester is small but we
are keen to make a difference to the
country and community we live in. This
is one of our many projects to increase
awareness about diabetes. The diabetes
walk was a multi-faith, cross-community
event for everyone from Leicester and
further afield and there was widespread
support from different faith communities
including Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim,
and Jewish communities."
Professor Davies CBE, Professor of
Diabetes Medicine at the University of
Leicester and Co-Director of the Leicester
Diabetes Centre, said: "The diversity
of Leicester is something we celebrate
and embrace. It is because of this that
our multi-cultural city is part of a global
campaign to improve the prevention
and management of Type 2 diabetes.
We are passionate about improving the
health of our community and promoting
physical activity, and walking is a really
WALKING THE TALK IN LEICESTER important and practical initiative for all of
our communities. The Cities Changing
Diabetes programme is a partnership
programme initiated by Novo Nordisk in
response to the dramatic rise and link
between diabetes and urbanisation. We
will work with stakeholders and other
member cities to drive up awareness,
education and treatment across our city."
Dawoodi Bohras mostly originate from
the North West Indian state of Gujarat.
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