|President Jean Claude Mbanya from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling the world via video to go BLUE for diabetes on the 14th of November which is World Diabetes Day (WDD). This day was created by IDF 20 years ago to bring awareness to the global epidemic of diabetes that is hitting our big blue marble. Many of us don't just bring awareness on this day but all year round wear the blue circle pin that was created in 2006 to become the global symbol for diabetes.
To top it all off, Cherise Shockley from the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) and a few members of the D-OC (diabetic online community) have put together a fantastic video asking to not just wear blue on WDD - but for the month of November to wear blue EVERY Friday. You can check out this great video at this link to get motivated to join in with us all!
The great thing for me? I love to wear blue!!!
By: FatCatAnna: Oct, 21, 2011 10:42 AM
Sorry AmariT - for some reason my link I'd put in my blog above about the description of the "blue circle" is incorrect.
So, you don't have to waste precious time - the info from that link that I've corrected now is below (not my words - I'm not that good a writer) - which I hope explains the reason for the OPEN blue circle. It should make sense to you - and by the way - yhe International Diabetes Federation (IDF) holds all rights to the blue circle for diabetes.
Why a circle?
The circle occurs frequently in nature and has thus been widely employed since the dawn of humankind. The significance is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle can symbolize life and health. Most significantly for the campaign, the circle symbolizes unity. Our combined strength is the key element that made this campaign so special. The global diabetes community came together to support a United Nations Resolution on diabetes and needs to remain united to make a difference. As we all know: to do nothing is no longer an option.
The blue border of the circle reflects the colour of the sky and the flag of the United Nations. The United Nations is in itself a symbol of unity amongst nations and is the only organization that can signal to governments everywhere that it is time to fight diabetes and reverse the global trends that will impede economic development and cause so much suffering and premature death.
Source - http://www.idf.org/blue-circle
By: AmariT: Oct, 19, 2011 14:09 PM
I think I have more blue clothes than any other color! How convenient!
I've never seen that pin before. What is the meaning behind it? How did they chose that symbol? I'm almost surprised a perfect blue circle hadn't been claimed as the symbol for anythng else yet.
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