30th September 2015
Team cycle from Atlantic to Titanic for Diabetes
Cycle Group, ‘Strive For 5’ took part in the ‘Atlantic to Titanic’ Cycle Challenge at the weekend, cycling 200km from Ballyshannon to Belfast in one day to raise awareness and fund for Diabetes UK NI.
‘Strive For 5’ is a group of cyclists from across Northern Ireland who not only share a passion for cycling but also know what it means to manage diabetes in their daily lives. Chairman, Adrian McNally said, “If you have diabetes then you’ll know it’s all about the numbers – keeping on top of blood glucose levels is a constant challenge for us. In Northern Ireland, there are over 85,000 people living with diabetes and it continues to rise.
“On Saturday we left Ballyshannon on the Atlantic coast and cycled 200 km to the Titanic Centre, Belfast on the Irish Sea coast. We want to help Diabetes UK NI raise awareness of diabetes and spread the message that there’s life after diagnosis. Diabetes isn’t a barrier to a full, active life – it’s a condition you can control with the right diet and exercise and cycling is a brilliant way to keep fit and more importantly, to keep on top of those numbers.”
‘Strive for 5’ represents the 5.5 blood glucose level which this group finds a helpful target when managing their diabetes. However, people with diabetes should check with their GP or diabetes nurse to find out what their ‘magic number’ is as this may vary. Blood glucose levels may need to be higher depending on age, type of diabetes and whether or not the individual has complications or is prone to hypoglycaemia.
Naomi Breen, Fundraising Manager for Diabetes UK NI, said: “We are so proud of the cyclists for completing this challenge and very grateful for the funds they are raising – this will go towards vital research into diabetes and support services for people here in NI. We met the cyclists at their destination at Titanic Centre where we enjoyed a reception in the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices followed by a tram tour of Titanic’s story.
“We would like to thank staff from Titanic Foundation for their support in welcoming the cyclists to Titanic and for hosting the fabulous finishing reception and the fun and memorable tram tour of Titanic’s story. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone!”