Tha­lanyji $50k do­na­tion to fight di­a­betes

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beattie

Telethon took over WA on Oc­to­ber 20 and 21, with many com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Onslow-based Tha­lanyji Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, do­nat­ing large sums of money to the wor­thy cause.

Tha­lanyji do­nated $50,000 to Telethon for the sec­ond year, with the money ear­marked to be used for di­a­betes re­search.

In­dige­nous Aus­tralians are al­most four times more likely to have di­a­betes than non-in­dige­nous Aus­tralians. That num­ber is even higher for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas.

Tha­lanyji chief ex­ec­u­tive Matthew Slack said this was a crit­i­cal is­sue that af­fected the group’s mem­bers and com­mu­nity.

“We want to en­sure we are do­ing all that we can to tackle the prob­lem for all Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

The most re­cent num­bers from Di­a­betes WA show there are al­most 29,000 peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes in re­gional WA, with many more un­di­ag­nosed.

The bur­den of di­a­betes on in­dige­nous youth is also higher.

The di­ag­no­sis of type 2 di­a­betes is on the rise and many of those di­ag­nosed are pre­sent­ing with a fam­ily his­tory and are fight­ing obe­sity.

“We are fo­cused on the fu­ture of the Tha­lanyji peo­ple and their com­mu­nity and want to en­sure they thrive — for this to hap­pen we need them to be liv­ing their best life,” Mr Slack said.

“We know we can’t erad­i­cate the prob­lem com­pletely, but we will cer­tainly do what­ever we can to lessen it.”

Tha­lanyji Foun­da­tion's Sharon Can­nella, Tha­lanyji chief ex­ec­u­tive Matthew Slack and Seven News re­porter Mel McLaugh­lin.

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