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Wear Blue for Diabetes this World Diabetes Day (November 14th)

Let’s come together to create awareness around diabetes in our schools and communities. Let’s #WearBlueForDiabetes!

The idea

Whether you’re a person living with diabetes, a carer of someone living with diabetes or a friend or family member, we want you to join us in wearing blue to create awareness for diabetes. Invite your school, workplace or friends to join in on the fun!


Taking part is easy! All you have to do is:

  1. Wear blue for diabetes on Monday 14th November 2022, World Diabetes Day.
  2. Snap a photo and share it online using #WearBlueForDiabetes.

Help us share this initiative using the resources from our awareness pack below. Please get in touch on social media or by email if you have any questions.

How to get involved

We’ve created this Digital Diabetes Awareness pack to make it as easy as possible for you to take part. You can choose to get involved as an individual, school or workplace (or all three!)

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Share the resources online on Monday 14th November, using #WearBlueforDiabetes.
  • Invite your child’s school or your local school to take part in Wear Blue for Diabetes.
    This means that on Monday 14th November, all the learners and teachers will wear blue, to raise awareness for diabetes. You can share the resources below with them so that the teachers have all they need to talk about diabetes that day. Here’s an email template for you. We’ve also created a special WhatsApp graphic for schools to share.

What you’ll find in the #WearBlueForDiabetes Digital Diabetes Awareness pack:

Video story

A Type 1 diabetes story by South Africa’s favourite storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, in video and voice note format. You can share the YouTube link for the video or download it here.

You can also watch the video subtitled in isiZulu, isiXhosa and Afrikaans.

Voice note story

Download and share the same story on WhatsApp, in voice note format.

A printable poster

Share the common symptoms of Type 1 diabetes in this easily printable poster.

Diabetes in South Africa

This simple slide deck leads you through the basic information about diabetes in South Africa. Simply download and share!

A Teachers Guide to Diabetes

This helpful guide was developed by Youth With Diabetes, and shares all the information teachers need about diabetes.

A community resource list

Here are South Africa’s diabetes support organisations and where to find out more about diabetes.

Save to share on Facebook or Instagram as a post

Right-click or press down to save these for sharing. If you want to link for others to get involved, please include

Save to share on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok as a story

Right-click or press down to save these for sharing. If you want to link for others to get involved, please include

Feel free to download and share any of these resources.

Don’t forget to sign up so we can send you a reminder before the big day!

Please use #WearBlueforDiabetes so that we can share your posts!

Schools! Download this Diabetes Hero certificate to award your learners with diabetes.

#WearBlueForDiabetes is supported by Clicks. Get your blood glucose tested quickly and easily at your nearest Clicks Clinic.

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Sweet Life is a registered NPO/PBO (220-984) with a single goal: to improve diabetes in South Africa. We are funded by sponsorships and donations from aligned companies and organisations who believe in our work. We only share information that we believe benefits our community. While some of this information is linked to specific brands, it is not an official endorsement of that brand. We believe in empowering people with diabetes to make the best decisions they can, to live a healthy, happy life with diabetes.