News from the Chair

here is a summary of what's going on.


First I am sorry to report that we are once again without a group secretary. Brian is having to work away between Guernsey and Lithuania so is seldom home. PLEASE someone step up to this post. it need not be onerous, just a case of administering the group email account, and organising and minuting committee meetings which are not that regular and correspondence. . Any other help is of course welcome. 


For several years, Eliz Paton, as well as being group treasurer, has organised Tombolas large and small at events and raised a considerable sum for the group. We now need a volunteer to take over this task which involves collecting prizes from various sources, ticketing them etc. If anyone is interested, then Eliz will be happy to run through the procedures. 



Good news, Keira Park and her team at Buckie High School have been working on a presentation on diabetes for their YPI project which could raise a £3000 grant for the group and have been selected for the final. We wish them good fortune on finals night on 30th May.


Many of you will be interested in the Diabetes Scotland Volunteer Conference and Inspire Awards which will be held at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew, PA4 8XB on Saturday 23 June 2018.   

Conference registration opens at 09.15, with the Conference starting at 10.00 and closing around 16.30. There will be  a separate programme for children during the day, if you would like your child to attend, you will need to include their details on registration. The YOUNG, FUN & TYPE 1 event for 16-30 year olds will also be running alongside the conference. The Inspire Awards Dinner starts at 19.00. Both of these events are FREE to attend. The group may be able to assist with accommodation and travel expenses. For more details see our website, to register, go online to;…


Our summer activities kicked off with a stall at Gordonstoun Junior Highland Games, where the Chieftain of the gathering was Roddy Riddle, ex international road cyclist, now extreme marathon runner and type 1 diabetic. He is raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and inspiring people to take more control of their condition so they can lead a life without limits.


We have been accepted for a free charity stand at Piping at Forres on 30 June then again in Forres for the Highland Games the following Saturday 7 July. We need Volunteers to help out at these stands, also at Aberlour Highland games on August 4.


It seems we are always begging for help, but unless we have a dedicated group of volunteers willing to give some of their spare time (and I know that can be a rare commodity) then there is a real possibility that the group will fold. When I think of the work we have done over the years, the families we have supported, the awareness of the condition we have raised, the thousands we have donated to diabetes research, it would be very sad to see it come to an end. There are over 5,500 people with diabetes living in Moray, plus of course all the parents and family members who also live with it in a way, we are only asking for a small percentage to get involved. If anyone wants more information about volunteering I would be happy to chat.


I think that's more than enough from me for now, Keep well, keep in control and don't let diabetes get you down. 


Dave Duff