Release date: May 08, 2021
Photo: Neale Hyanes
Rochdale boxer Muhammad Ali encourages children and teenagers in families with diabetes to show what the disease means to them by participating in a competition launched by Diabetes UK.
The competition, which has now opened and runs until May 31, challenges young people with diabetes and their families to express what the condition means for their daily lives, whether through a picture, poem, song or sculpture .
Ali, the UK’s first professional boxer with type 1 diabetes, said: “I want to encourage young people in the north of England to get involved and share what diabetes means to you. If you have diabetes, hearing from other people living with the disease can really help and not only raise awareness, but also help other young people with diabetes realize that they are not alone . I know that hearing other people’s stories have taught me a lot, and I hope that by sharing my experiences, I have also helped other people with diabetes. “
Ali, who lives with type 1 diabetes, is inviting children and young people from all over the north of England to take part in the competition, which he will guest judge alongside Yorkshire cricketer Jordan Thompson, who also lives with the disease.
As a child, Ali was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and, with the support of Diabetes UK, battled for his professional boxing license after being told he was unable to compete professionally due to his condition.
He added, “For me, diabetes has brought some difficulties in life, but it hasn’t stopped me from achieving my goals. It encouraged me to continue educating myself so I can tackle the challenges that diabetes poses. “
Clare Howarth, Head of North England at Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is relentless and we want to encourage children and young people to use their voices and share how diabetes affects you and your family, whether or not you have it Suffer from diabetes or have a family member suffer with the condition.
“So if you’re feeling creative and want to help us raise awareness about type 1 diabetes, get involved – we’d love to hear from you.”
There are several categories that you can submit an entry in to win one of four Luxury Family Baskets. These include:
- Children with diabetes aged 0-5 years
- Children with diabetes aged 6-12 years
- Children with diabetes from 13 years of age
- Children and adolescents under the age of 18 with a close family member who has diabetes
For more information and to submit your submission, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about diabetes can be found at: www.diabetes.org.uk