Banting Day/World Diabetes Day
Sir Frederick Banting was born in Alliston, Ontario, Canada on November 14, 1891.
“World Diabetes Day” was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (Brussels) and the World Health Organization. This ‘day’ (November 14) became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of UN Resolution 61/225.
SFBLF has celebrated “Banting Day” annually to honour the birthday and legacy of Sir Fred since the creation of the Foundation in 2005. We were able to ‘move’ the celebrations to our DMEC site starting in 2010.
A typical Banting Day celebration is a public event for all but with an emphasis on families and incorporates special ‘guest’ exhibits, a free ‘Big Blue Test’ (glucose) to help early detection of diabetes, guest choirs, official ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremonies to open new facilities, self-guided tours of the exhibits and free refreshments. The ‘day’ ends with the lighting of the historic Banting Farmhouse in ‘blue’, the official colour for diabetes worldwide.
* 50 plus Years on Insulin
SFBLF introduced an annual award in 2012 to recognize the courage of individuals who have lived on insulin for 50 years or more. Usually, two awards are made annually and are presented as part of a key event during Banting Legacy Week.
Banting Legacy Week
In 2014, the annual Banting Day/World Diabetes Day celebration was expanded to a full week and new events were added:
* Go Blue for Breakfast
This public event is held to
– show support for the IDF worldwide campaigns
– honour Sir Frederick Banting
– celebrate World Diabetes Day and the discovery of insulin in 1921 at the University of Toronto
* Student Art Contest
The purpose of this program is to raise awareness among children and youth. The contest is open to two separate groups, elementary and high school students, and has two submission categories, black & white or colour. Students are required to incorporate one or more of the ‘themes’ Banting, diabetes, insulin in their artwork.
* Transition Lecture (public) & Transition Symposium (invitation)
These 2 annual events were initiated in 2012 but the venue was moved to Alliston starting in 2014 and both have been incorporated as part of the Banting Legacy Week activities.