EVENT DATE: Jan 15, 2014
Diabetes is generally a diet related disease of the western world. However, due to the power of advertising and large corporations it is beginning to have a tragic effect on the traditional people of the beautiful island Bali in Indonesia.
So…….this is what we’d like to do!
In mid January 2014, a team of health care professionals will be donating time and energy and covering their own costs to travel to a small Balinese community of Nusa Penida. We will offer nutrition and diabetes education and support through three schools and work closely with the local Balinese people. While Nusa Penida is a more traditional island and they do grow some of their own fruits and vegetables, sadly, Diabetes type 2 has begun to take innocent young lives there.
We would love your help with……..
Health care and education is limited on Nusa Penida Island, but with the help of our team and the Australian/Indonesian community, our aim is to fund items that are needed for education and health monitoring of diabetes for the next 12 months. This will enable regular blood sugar level testing of a particular age gap, twice yearly, and therefore, with education, will help monitor and decrease cases of Diabetes Type 2 in children and adults. 100 glucometer test kits and even more test strips are needed. If our Indonesian friends receive support in the form of education and medical resources, then it will empower them towards being mindful of modern health issues such as Diabetes.
To help this volunteer program become as integrative and cooperative as possible we’d like to use a protected species of bird, the ‘Bali Starling’ to act as a mascot in a children’s book that will be produced and distributed through three schools on Nusa Penida. The local community and schools on this traditional island have worked together with a local charitable organization in recent years to protect this bird from extinction. So, the aim is to use a character or mascot, which they already relate to. And have some fun with it too! Some of our own children will be involved in the trip and hope that they will not only gain new friendships but also be a positive influence for the local children as we have worked hard to teach them well, about nutrition and health.
Diabetes is typically a western disease and in western countries we are fortunate to have good health care and education. Most of us know the risks and we live with the consequences. On Nusa Penida Island in Bali the local people have very limited funds, education and health care so please consider helping our project and the Bali Starling bird educate kids in Bali about healthy food choices, nutrition and most of all diabetes. A donation of $40 will purchase 1 glucometer for blood sugar level testing, which could be used multiple times over.
We warmly welcome others with experience and passion who would like to join us with this grassroots project.
We leave for Bali in mid January 2014!
Julie Williams Adv Dip Naturopathy, Adv Dip Herb Med, Adv Dip Nutrition
Dr Elaine Cebuliak BVSc, Adv Dip Naturopathy, Adv Dip Herb Med,
Adv Dip Nutrition