Diabetes screening at ploughing event

John Whelan, winner at the World Ploughing Championships in Canada is pictured with Nurse Lion
Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

Up to 5,000 visitors to the 2013 National Ploughing Championship in Ratheniska, Co. Laois are expected to avail of free Diabetes Screening, provided by Lions Clubs from the region.

A team of 120 Lions and qualified nurses will be at the Lions Stand at the Championships from September 24 to 26.

They will offer visitors a simple, painless blood test which is designed to identify early symptoms of diabetes.

The service will run from 8am to 6pm on each day of the Ploughing Championships.

The Lions are confident that they will exceed the 4,757 visitors who availed of the test in New Ross last year.

The incidence of diabetes is accelerating rapidly in Ireland due to diet and lifestyle changes and many people who are vulnerable to the disease remain oblivious of the risk that they are running. Up to 200,000 people with diabetes in Ireland are unaware of their condition


Liam Lyons,

Lions District Governor