Hotel Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

First Race for Diabetes in Vilamoura to collect donations for Ukraine

Organisers of the first ‘Corrida Pela Diabetes’ (Race for Diabetes), which will take place this Saturday in Vilamoura at 8.30am, have joined the global effort to support Ukraine and will be encouraging participants and the general population to donate essential items to the war-torn country.

Among the items needed are gauze swabs, alcohol, saline solution, Betadine, bandages, gloves, surface disinfectant, shoes, wipes, diapers, and children’s toys.

The items can be donated between 8am and 11am in front of the Hotel Tivoli Marina congress centre. They will be delivered to Casa da Ucrânia – Associação Cultural e de Solidariedade Social.

The race is taking place on the last day of the 18th Congresso Português de Diabetes (Portuguese Diabetes Congress), which is taking place in Vilamoura between Thursday and Saturday.

Anyone can take part by simply signing up for free on the website of the Portuguese Society of Diabetology (www.spd.pt).

The 10km race will begin at the congress centre and will take participants along the local marina, Rocha Baixinha Nascente beach, Avenida Cerca da Vila, Avenida Tivoli and back to the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Hotel.

All participants will receive a kit including a t-shirt, race bibs and a timer chip which will be delivered at the ‘Corrida pela Diabetes’ stand at the entrance to the congress centre on March 11 until 7pm.

The event was created to help raise awareness about diabetes, even if this year the Russia-Ukraine conflict slightly changed its focus.

According to the World Health Organisation, diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterised by elevated levels of blood glucose (or blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. The most common is type 2 diabetes, usually in adults, which occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin.

About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, the majority living in low-and middle-income countries, and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year, the organisation adds.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com