Join us in NEW YORK for the first UN World Diabetes Day
Human Blue Circle - 11:00 am
Public gathering on the lawn of the UN. Participants will form a blue circle while holding blue umbrellas, representing the global symbol for diabetes. Depending on the number of participants, we may organize more than one circle as the Rose Garden has 2 small lawns that could accommodate approximately 350 people to form each circle. Umbrellas and Blue Circle T-shirts will be given to the first 700 participants. A few words will be said by a representative of the Bangladesh Mission and a representative from IDF. Elliott Yamin (American Idol) will sing a song joined by a chorus of children with diabetes.
Please note: All participants must pass through UN Security. This may take some time and we advise arriving early. Security is aware of the needs of people with diabetes. There will not be places to sit after entering the UN Security and appropriate attire and comfortable shoes should be worn. Weather conditions may not be favorable in November. The good news is we will have umbrellas!
246 Step March -11:40 am
Public march up First Avenue, each step representing one million people with diabetes.
The City of NY has suggested that we depart the UN grounds in groups of 30-40 and walk along the wide sidewalk 9 blocks to Guastavino’s. UN Security will guide the groups as we leave the UN. We will have volunteers assisting at cross walks and directing people along the way. A few of New York’s Finest (bagpipes and drummers) will lead the procession.
Diabetes Education Rally -Noon to 3:00 pm
Guastavino’s is located at 409 E. 59th Street (under the 59th St Bridge)
Mistress of Ceremonies, B. Smith (restaurateur, television host, author, entrepreneur and entertainer) will lead the crowd in an inspirational, educational event. Celebrities and diabetes heroes will teach and entertain, supporting partners and organizations will provide diabetes education and social responsibility programs developed in response to the UN Resolution. A public call-to-action will highlight the words of Martin Luther King “Each one, reach one, teach one”, asking each person to share their new diabetes knowledge with someone else and help reach one billion people.
Take Time for Diabetes
The Rally site promises to be busy and noisy and designed for people to stand and participate. We are making a special effort to offer a quiet place for people to manage their diabetes. Just outside Guastavino’s we will have a heated tent set up with tables and chairs for those people who need a quite place to “take time for diabetes”.
We highly recommend people use public transportation. Parking in the area of the UN and Guastavino’s is very limited.
Watch on WDD as we light the ESB blue for Diabetes! Visit www.worlddiabetesday.com on November 14 and follow as buildings and monuments around the world are lit!
Media is welcome at all events. Please contact Kerrita McClaughlyn for a press pass. Kerrita.McClaughlyn@idf.org
For all other inquiries contact: Kari Rosenfeld Kari.Rosenfeld@idf.org