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November 13, 2009

Table Mountain supports World Diabetes Day

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Table Mountain illuminated, photo courtesy Damien du Toit

Cape Town’s Table Mountain, along with other famous landmarks around the world, supports the United Nations’ World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2009.

The mountain will be lit up in blue between 20h00 and 22h00 tonight – November 13 – to create awareness of diabetes.

This Cape Town landmark joins the London Eye, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, New York’s Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House and many others in a worldwide campaign to “bring diabetes to light”.

According to the World Diabetes Day website, 285-million people live with diabetes and another 344-million are at risk for type 2 diabetes, which is preventable.

Each South African can contribute and support the campaign by switching off all their lights for 15 minutes during the time that Table Mountain will be lit, and lighting a blue candle.

World Diabetes Day recognises the birthday of Frederick Banting, the doctor whose work contributed to the discovery of insulin. He received the Nobel Prize in 1923.

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