Firstly I would congratulate the Traders in Ballymoney for an excellent display of Christmas Lights around the town. It’s been some time since I have been in Ballymoney at night, and they certainly have made a much greater effort than other local towns and cities. And the reason I was in Ballymoney was to attend a new Initiative organised by Most Excellent Companion J.Mac Pollock, District Grand King of the District Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Antrim. Mac has been a long time supporter of the Diabetes UK Charity, and this year has selected it to be his District Grand Master’s Charity. He has in conjunction with the NI Branch organised a series of Diabetes Awareness evenings throughout the various Royal Arch branches in County Antrim, and this was the
first of these events, which was held in The Masonic Centre, Ballymoney.
Most Excellent Companion J.Mac Pollock welcomed a number of local Royal Arch Masons, their wives and friends to this the first Diabetes Awareness evening and then went on to welcome Ms Heather Causer, Mrs Emma Millen and Wor Bro Nigel Millen, all actively involved in promoting education and learning on behalf of Diabetes Uk.
And here we can see Ms Heather Causer, Emma Millen and of course, Nigel Millen, as they set out their stall and brochures for our education. Between them they checked all present out, and advised on the danger signs for Type 2 Diabetes. It was fascinating to learn that Type 1 and Type 2 are different forms of the same disease, but come from different symptoms. They were able to advise, that you cannot get Type 1 from Type 2 diabetes, and anyone with Type 2, needs to take particular care and avail; of all medical support, to stop it having life changing effects on things like your vision or the possible loss of limbs, in the longer term. They all stressed the need for early medical intervention and then constant management to reduce the effect of these serious outcomes.
Also present was the Chairman Worshipful Bro Martin McLean and a number of Committee Members from the Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee, and they took this opportunity to present the representitives from Diabetes UK with a cheque in respect of 50% of the monies raised at their recent Charity Breakfast, held in the University of Ulster’s Dining Rooms at Cromore on the outskirts of Coleraine.
I am of the opinion that our Most Excellent District Grand King should be congratulated for taking this important initiative and helping Companions, their families and friends to learn much about the origins, treatments, management and outcomes of both types of Diabetes. I know from speaking to other Companions present, how much they all learned from their evening in Ballymoney. I know several more of these presentations are planned in other venues throughout The District Grand Chapter of Antrim and hope that many more Companions will avail of the opportunity to learn in comfortable surroundings, the dangers and difficulties that can arise from Diabetes.