Wally raises aware­ness

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

THE East Bal­lina Lions Club will be do­ing its bit to raise aware­ness of di­a­betes, with the help of one of the shire’s best-known di­a­bet­ics, Wally Mul­grave.

The Lions will host an in­for­ma­tion stall on di­a­betes at Sun­day’s Bal­lina mar­ket to be held from 7am–1pm at Canal Rd.

Di­a­betes is con­sid­ered a global epi­demic with 642 mil­lion peo­ple ex­pected to have di­a­betes – or 10 per cent of the an­tic­i­pated global pop­u­la­tion – by 2040.

Dur­ing this week, Lions clubs world­wide will be in­creas­ing the aware­ness of di­a­betes.

Wally Mul­grave has had the dis­ease for 74 years and may be the old­est sur­vivor of the dis­ease in NSW.

The East Bal­lina Lion was born in Mel­bourne and was di­ag­nosed at two and a half months old with type 1 di­a­betes.

As a child, he re­mem­bers his mother ster­il­is­ing the nee­dles used to ad­min­is­ter the in­sulin he needed by boil­ing them up in a saucepan and sharp­en­ing them on a stone grinder.

He was on a spe­cial diet and most of his food had to be weighed be­fore each meal, even bread and veg­eta­bles such as cau­li­flower.

His con­di­tion in gen­eral did not af­fect him when he started school as he had only one in­jec­tion a day and al­ways car­ried jelly beans with him.

As a young man, Wally was a keen sports­man play­ing cricket and bas­ket­ball.

But he lost his first leg due to his di­a­betes while in Mel­bourne and was ad­vised to live in a warmer cli­mate and so re­lo­cated to Bal­lina.

How­ever he had only been here for six months when he lost his sec­ond leg.

With enor­mous de­ter­mi­na­tion Wally learnt to walk again with the aid of pros­thetic legs.

PHOTO: CONTRIBTUTED

LIV­ING WITH DI­A­BETES: East Bal­lina Lion Wally Mul­grave is ac­tively in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

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