Diabetes HQ Predicted to be Closed because of Scarcity of Funds

DiabetesTimaru's diabetes headquarters is expected to be closed at a time when the disease is tightening its clutches on the country. A University of Otago study disclosed that one in five New Zealand adults are under the threat of type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

Although of such high risks, the country is facing lots of financial concerns, zero government funding and shortage of volunteering. These challenges had enabled to call a meeting to debate the future of the South Canterbury branch of Diabetes New Zealand.

The meeting is going to be organized at the Caroline Bay Community Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday. All the respective members have been sent letters containing the proposal of closures of their offices and not employing any new staff members.

The letter suggests that there is an urgent requirement of raising fund of near about $30,000 per year to carry on the similar proceedings as being carried at present. It stated that the newsletter sent to the members in the month of October drew a very little outcome.

Life member Colin Lord, who has been involved with the branches for about 20 years, stated that the closure of the office will result in the termination of a lot of support for diabetics. He stated that there are approximately 1200 diabetics in South Canterbury. Around 220 among those are the members at the South Canterbury branch.

Mr. Lord has been admitted nine times for the diagnosis with type 2 diabetes in 1984. He is dependent on the insulin two times a day.