As part of its continuing diverse community outreach programmes, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), raised £24,000 for Diabetes UK during the recent National Sponsored Walk & Family Fun-Run held at 14 BAPS mandirs and centres across the country.
Jitu Patel (Chairman of BAPS UK) presented the cheque to Mr Frank Moxon (trustee of Diabetes UK) on the evening of Sunday 1 June 2008 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London.
The Walk was remembered for the enthusing spirit and determination of over 3,200 participants, ranging from children aged four years through to several elders in their nineties. All braved the bitterly cold weather, including heavy snow, to raise essential funds for charity.
Mr Moxon has been a member of Diabetes UK since 2006 and is a fellow of the Securities and Investment Institute as well as several other professional organisations. In his address, he thanked BAPS heartily for their efforts and spoke of the practical uses for the funds that were collected:
“Our mission at Diabetes UK is to improve the lives of people with the condition and work towards a future without diabetes. The money you have raised will help fund a range of initiatives to provide better education about diabetes to those with the condition and to those with a risk of developing diabetes. This will include, for example, the rolling out of our 'Healthyi Education Maps' that are used to educate groups of people about diabetes, about healthy eating, and self-care and management.
“Your generosity will, I hope, enable some people to take action in their lives to avoid developing diabetes, and allow us to do good works enabling those with diabetes to live a better life. On behalf of Diabetes UK, I would like to thank all of you here today and your network across UK – particularly the walkers and runners who braved that weather and those who sponsored them – for supporting our charity this year and enabling our work to reach people more widely.”