World Diabetes Day 2008 is only a few months away, but we are already getting geared up and excited about it, especially the monument challenge. The goal for 2008 is to get 500 iconic monuments and buildings to light up blue on November 14! This is a pivotal point in the World Diabetes Day campaign to see if it will continue on with the same type of support and events as in previous years.
This year’s event has been titled “Year of the Child; Diabetes in Children and Adolescents” – acknowledgement of the ~ 500,000 children living with type 1 diabetes worldwide, and rising incidence of type 2 in this population. Contact the Kerrita McClaughlyn at kerrita.
Last year 12 states in the US had buildings or monuments dedicated to World Diabetes Day (279 buildings globally), and this year we want to see every state light up blue! We are currently doing our part and trying to get a number of iconic monuments in San Francisco lit – see our beautiful blue Coit Tower from last year below. We challenge you to get a monument or building in your state to join the campaign. The US should have visual representation of the more than 23.6 million Americans with diabetes. Think big, bold, and blue – the Hollywood sign, the Alamo, the Gateway Arch, Mt. Rushmore – the sky is the limit! And why stop there? Get your cities to publicly declare World Diabetes Day and spread the word about diabetes even further!
Click here to see the first set of buildings confirmed to be lit in 2008.
We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas to share them with others and get the US covered in blue for World Diabetes Day 2008.