You may have come across their press release in some of the local newspapers (I hope).
Since 1967, Diabetes Ireland has been the national charity dedicated to helping people with diabetes, providing support, education and motivation to everyone affected by diabetes. Diabetes Ireland also raises public awareness of diabetes and its symptoms and funds research into finding a cure for diabetes.
And a lot of people don't know this, but Diabetes Ireland, or the Irish Diabetic Association as it was known back then, was formed with the purpose to have diabetes included on the Long Term Illness scheme. Having diabetes included on this scheme meant that people with diabetes would no longer have to pay for insulin, or other diabetes medications, blood glucose meters or strips.
As we all know, they succeeded and I will be forever grateful.
- Patient support over the telephone (lo-call helpline 1850 909 909), their facebook page, website and through local support branches.
- Support for children with diabetes and their parents through our Sweetpea Kidz Club; children and adolescent adventure activities; family weekends; and parent support groups.
- Advocacy and liaison with: clinics, services, the HSE and the Department of Health and Children.
- Anti-discrimination activity.
- Health promotion initiatives including: schools awareness, workplace awareness, early detection and prevention initiatives and diabetes screening.
- Funding Irish and international research via our subsidiary charity ‘Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance’ - www.diabetesresearch.ie
Tickets for Thrive-abetes cost €35 each, or €60 for two tickets (this includes the administration fee from Eventbrite.ie). Lunch and refreshments will be provided to all delegates.