Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Bollywood comes to Belfast to fight diabetes

A taste of Bollywood is coming to Belfast this weekend - to raise funds for a leading diabetes charity.

IFA chief executive Howard Wells, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes, and May McFettridge will be among guests enjoying a night of entertainment at the Bollywood Ball being hosted by Diabetes UK tomorrow.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research - a condition suffered by 60,000 people in Northern Ireland.

Guests will be greeted with a drinks reception and offered a choice of traditional Indian and European cuisine.

There will also be traditional Bollywood style music and dancing and a jazz band.

Howard Wells will be on hand to host a grand auction and speak at the event.

He said his diagnosis was a "dramatic wake-up call for me".

Said the football chief: "Type 2 diabetes is something which can be avoided but if you do get it there are ways to manage and control it to avoid further complications.

"I am very happy to be helping raise awareness about diabetes and am looking forward to what promises to be a night of great food, entertainment and fun."

Diabetes affects people of all ages and races. People from the Indian sub-continent and Caribbean have a higher prevalence of the condition.

Managed well, people with diabetes can live a full life. Left untreated or badly controlled, diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, amputation, kidney damage, even death.

The Bollywood Ball is being held in the Ramada Hotel at Belfast's Shaws Bridge and tickets are available to the public and members of Diabetes UK by calling 028 9066 6646.