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WESTPORT LIONS CLUB Diabetes Screening
Ireland is experiencing a Diabetes Epidemic! By 2020 the number of adults aged 45+ years with diabetes is expected to rise to more than 175,000. It is estimated that 1 in every 500 Irish children have type 1 diabetes. If diabetes is not treated it can lead to heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, nerve damage, blindness.
The purpose of diabetes screening is to identify individuals who may not have any symptoms and are not aware that they have the disease. It is estimated that over 30,000 people are walking around "undiagnosed". People with slightly abnormal readings will be referred to qualified healthcare professionals for additional assessment.
We are not diagnosing we are referring...
The Holy Mountain
Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Its religious significance dates back to the time of the pagans, when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season.
Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.
Each year, ‘The Reek’ as it is colloquially known, attracts about 1 million pilgrims. On 'Reek Sunday', the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit the Reek. At the top, there is a modern chapel where mass is celebrated and confessions are heard. Individuals and groups come from all over the world and include pilgrims, hill climbers, historians, archaeologists and nature lovers. Croagh Patrick is 5 miles from the picturesque town of Westport and its conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside.Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are spectacular from all stages of the ascent of the mountain. It is one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland. It rises 750 metres (2,500 feet) into the sky above County Mayo.
It was in this setting on Reek Sunday 2013 that the Westport Lions Club decided to set up a marquee on the pilgrim path at the base of Croagh Patrick and carry out FREE blood sugar screening for Diabetes. The Lions Club Ireland have been running Diabetes Screening at the Ploughing Championships for many years and would screen in excess of 7000 people each year. Therefore we consulted with John O’Donovan, the Lions Clubs Diabetes Awareness Officer and the organiser of this event who gave us very valuable insights into the practicalities of organising and running such a project.
We sought support from the local pharmacies in Westport who very generously donated some of the equipment and supplies to carry out the testing. With the help of a committee of Westport Lions members and approx 12 dedicated nurses from the local area who volunteered their time and expertise we carried out the screening from 8am until 5pm. Since that first year of testing we repeated the project in 2015 and 2016. We have been delighted with the response from people of all ages, male and female who have availed of the service. We have concentrated on the pilgrims descending from the mountain as we deemed them to be the most suitable for screening after their strenuous exercise. The service was also available to people living in the area and the many visitors on the day. Over the three years of this project we have screened over 1800 people and of these nearly 160 people were referred for further investigation by their own doctors.
Considering the great response and uptake by the public we feel that there is huge potential to expand this screening programme in the local area and offer the service to an even greater number of people going into the future. We hope that this project may well become an annual event on our Westport Lions Club calender.
Lion Roni Doyle
Malindi Water Projects Kenya
Westport Lions Club completed 20 boreholes in Malindi, providing water for 20,000 people 2011-2012. Funding provided by Allergan International, Portwest, Westport, Lions Clubs International and contributions from the Westport community
Malindi Primary Schools Project
Class rooms and toilets provided by Westport Lions Club for Primary schools in Malindi with donations from the people of Westport.
Malindi Goat Scheme
A total of 250 pedigree dairy goats were presented to families (mothers) in the rural areas of Malindi 2007