(ZIZ News) — Two historical monuments in Basseterre were, on Saturday, lit blue in observance of World Diabetes Day.
The lighting of the Berkeley Memorial on Fort Street and the Queen Victoria Statue at Baker’s Corner formed part of the activities for Diabetes Awareness Week 2015.
While speaking with ZIZ News, President of the St. Kitts Diabetes Association, Nurse Christine Wattley explained the significance of the blue lighting.
“This blue lighting signifies to communities of the world, a beacon reminder to persons around the world and to persons living with Diabetes a beacon of hope. A beacon of hope because Diabetes has no cure but Diabetes can be controlled,” she explained.
The lighting exercise was supported by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Nurse Wattley said she hopes this inspires other members of the business community to support Diabetes Awareness activities in St. Kits and Nevis.
“This year, for the first time, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce has graciously partnered with us and gave us the support in installing the blue lighting at those two significant areas. We hope however, that next year other business places, or organisations and institutions will come on board and we will have much more blue lightings for Diabetes awareness,” she said.
Other events held throughout the week included worship at the St. George’s Anglican Church, screening at the Independence Square, a panel discussion on ZIZ Television and a health walk.