“Diabetes Nuh a Cetch Me” That is the theme under which the Youths for World Peace Wellness Ambassadors are hosting their first ever diabetic run this Sunday May 24th starting at the Belmopan Market Square. The diabetic run is a fund raising initiative to help sponsor a daily meal to every diabetic patient at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. Project Coordinator Irice gave us more details about the run.
Irice Reyes – Project Coordinator“The run starts 6:30 am form the Belmopan Market Square. We hope to reach mile 30 on the Humming Bird Highway which is Palacio’s Paradise by 10:00 am. We will have an open day there. There is a registration fee of $25 per person. You don’t havt to run the full 23 miles, each person can run one mile. If you are not able to run a mile, you can run half mile and if you are not able to run an entire mile, you are able to walk. we are not forcing anyone to run when they really can’t run. we have people who aren’t able to run and they just sponsor. We have many people in the community who just sponsor people to run in their place. So if you can’t run and are still interested and want to support the diabetic run, you can make a donation of $25 per person or you can spionser multiple runners.”
After the run the Youths for World Peace Wellness Ambassadors will have a mini health fair at the Palacios Paradise
“When we are finished with the run, you can go to the mini health fair or you can go to swim in the children’s area or the adults area. Bring along your swim suit. The run is 23 miles, so we will have security. We have the Police Department, we have the Traffic Department, We have the Belize Road Safety Youth Project, we have people out there with us. we have a masseuse so if you feel like you are not healthy enough to do the run, you don’t have to worry because we do have support from people who will be there to help you when you need help.”
Mystery Furtado is the CEO of the The Youths for World Peace Wellness Ambassadors. She says the fight against diabetes is one that hits very close to home for her.
“Our long term goal will be all hospitals in Belize, but we will start with Belmopan. If you ask why diabetes? Since I can remember, my grandmother on my father’s side had diabetes, so I had to be giving her insulin from a very early age. From about 9 or 10 I have been giving her insulin via injections. Since I have been back home, my uncle, he almost lost his finger to diabetes. I lost my grandmother to cancer, who is the co-founder. I asked myself, what am I doing, what can I do, what are the youths doing to stop this. That’s how we came up with the idea. We see so much, and like what my mom told me, she said, ‘you know something Mystery, your genes is what loads the gun but your lifestyle pulls the trigger.’ So we are trying to better the lifestyle of our youths who don’t have to wait until they are chronically ill or at the hospital or about to be amputated, lest start from now.”
Registration for the diabetic run is $25 per person. Donations to the diabetic run can be submitted to the St. John’s Credit Union account number #42668 under the name “Youths for World Peace Wellness Ambassadors.” For further information on how to sign up for the run you can contact Mystery Furtado at 6017287.