Annual Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee Breakfast was held once again in the excellent facilities of The Coleraine Campus of the University of Ulster, on the Cromore Road, Coleraine. It was a fresh morning with some rain, and my heart went out to our two long suffering Parking Attendants, who made sure that our guests knew where to go.
This year our nominated Charities were The Sandleford School and Diabetes NI. Mrs Joan Christie OBE The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim was in attendance, in her capacity as Chair Person of The Board of Trustees of the School, and Diabetes NI had a display stand and handouts to advise us all on the risks and warning signs associated with Type’s One and Two Diabetes.
I was surprised to learn that some 11.9 million of the UK population are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes this year. Factors making you more likely to succumb include your Age, Family History, Ethnicity, High Blood Pressure and being Overweight. If you have any concerns, or want to put your mind at ease, then go to www.diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk where you will be able to take a short three minute test which hopefully will put your mind at rest. If you are still concerned you should look in the News Section of this site, where you will learn about a Diabetes Awareness Evening being held in Ballymoney, where you can seek answers directly from the experts present on the night.
Brethren, just a few words to thank our hosts in The Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee, for their ongoing efforts on all our behalf’s to raise funds and support internal and external Charity needs. Once again they ran a successful breakfast today, and I’m sure will already be giving some thought to next year’s arrangement.