KIB spon­sors Blue Cir­cle’s ‘Di­a­betes Chal­lenge Trip’

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

As part of its on­go­ing com­mit­ment to pro­mote health aware­ness across all seg­ments of the com­mu­nity, Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Bank (KIB) re­cently spon­sored the ‘Di­a­betes Chal­lenge Trip’ or­ga­nized by Blue Cir­cle; the non-profit move­ment founded by a group of lo­cal di­a­betic youth. The ini­tia­tive fo­cused on rais­ing aware­ness about di­a­betes by send­ing a group of di­a­betic youth on a trip to Aus­tria to take part in a num­ber of chal­leng­ing sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ev­ery year, Blue Cir­cle, a vol­un­tary group work­ing with the sup­port of Kuwait Di­a­betes So­ci­ety (KDS), seeks to highlight how di­a­betic pa­tients are able to take charge of their con­di­tions and suc­cess­fully take part in de­mand­ing and chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, ir­re­spec­tive of their di­ag­no­sis. This year, Blue Cir­cle mem­bers em­barked on an em­pow­er­ing trip, high­light­ing a di­a­betic’s abil­ity to live a nor­mal and ful­fill­ing life and in do­ing so, cor­rect mis­con­cep­tions about di­a­betic pa­tients, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Most im­por­tantly, the trip pro­vided mem­bers with the op­por­tu­nity to learn about a range of valu­able nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion, and en­gage in healthy phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, thereby en­cour­ag­ing a health­ier and more ac­tive life­style. Ad­di­tion­ally, the en­tirety of the trip was filmed to cre­ate a doc­u­men­tary to show­case the var­i­ous phys­i­cal chal­lenges faced through­out the trip, mean­while un­der­scor­ing a di­a­betic pa­tient’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and strong will.

Nawaf Na­jia, Man­ager of the Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit at KIB, said: “KIB is al­ways ea­ger to sup­port and spon­sor health-based ini­tia­tives that seek to en­hance the qual­ity of life for all seg­ments of the com­mu­nity, ac­tively seek­ing to raise aware­ness and drive real change in the com­mu­nity. As a lead­ing lo­cal fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion, we be­lieve we are ac­tive part­ners in so­cial de­vel­op­ment, and thereby must con­tinue to of­fer our sup­port to lo­cal youth projects and ini­tia­tives. Our spon­sor­ship of Blue Cir­cle’s ini­tia­tive re­flects our shared goal of pro­mot­ing a bet­ter qual­ity of life and well-be­ing across Kuwait.”

He added that this marks the sec­ond time that KIB lends its sup­port to Blue Cir­cle, stem­ming from its be­lief in the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing health­care­fo­cused ini­tia­tives and pro­mot­ing a greater sense of health con­scious­ness across the coun­try. Through its lead­ing and com­pre­hen­sive so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gram, KIB con­tin­ues to spon­sor ini­tia­tives and ac­tiv­i­ties that aim to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly those that pro­mote a cul­ture of health aware­ness, vol­un­teer­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tives and non-profit pro­grams.

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