SLALA and Jus­tus in ‘Lu­pus Aware­ness’

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

May is lu­pus aware­ness month and the Saint Lu­cia Arthri­tis and Lu­pus As­so­ci­a­tion (SLALA) has been buzzing with ac­tiv­i­ties. The As­so­ci­a­tion was part of the church ser­vice on Mother’s Day at the Methodist Church in Cas­tries; it held a suc­cess­ful lu­pus con­fer­ence on May 14th at Palm Haven Ho­tel; it planned the POP (Put on Pur­ple) for Lu­pus for yes­ter­day, Fri­day May 20th and, to end the aware­ness cam­paign for May, a Jazz fundraiser in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Jus­tus choir will take place this evening, Satur­day May 21st.

The fundraiser be­gins at 5pm at Be­largo Park, Cap Es­tate and will show­case the tal­ent of this young, vi­brant choir which has al­ways shown sup­port for the Saint Lu­cia Arthri­tis and Lu­pus As­so­ci­a­tion. The choir has per­formed at SLALA’s an­nual Christ­mas party for the last two years and is ea­ger to team up with the As­so­ci­a­tion to bring aware­ness in a fun way to this chronic ill­ness called lu­pus.

Apart from the en­ter­tain­ment by the choir, pa­trons will be treated to a va­ri­ety of tasty food and drinks and can bid in an auc­tion for a fash­ion­able, orig­i­nal Meme Bete bag to fur­ther raise funds for the As­so­ci­a­tion.

Fundrais­ing has been a big part of SLALA’s agenda for most of the year as the As­so­ci­a­tion has been working tire­lessly to keep its Viv Byen Pro­gramme of Chronic Dis­ease Self-Man­age­ment going.

Viv Byen is a six-week Stan­ford Univer­sity pro­gramme that has been proven to help per­sons with chronic dis­eases make bet­ter life choices with re­gards to their med­i­ca­tion use, and aid com­mu­ni­ca­tion with their health care providers thereby re­duc­ing the num­ber of vis­its to the doc­tor as well as the num­ber of days spent at hospi­tal. This re­duces the bur­den emo­tion­ally, fi­nan­cially and men­tally on the pa­tient, the fam­ily, the work­place and the na­tion as a whole.

SLALA is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to come out and sup­port this wor­thy cause as it aims to im­prove the lives of per­sons liv­ing with this dis­ease and to bring aware­ness to the na­tion.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets con­tact SLALA’s of­fice on 459 0092, Bay Med­i­cal Cen­tre 459 2640 or Dr. Celia Downes’ of­fice on 453 0857.

The pur­ple rib­bon is used to mark lu­pus aware­ness month of May.

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