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Wear Blue for Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. Let’s come together to create awareness around Type 1 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!


Wear blue for diabetes on Friday 12th November 2021, ahead of World Diabetes Day on Sunday 14th November. 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.
Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Invite your child’s school or your local school to take part in Wear Blue for Diabetes. This means that on Friday 12th 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.
  • Do the same thing with your workplace, and invite your colleagues to wear blue! Here’s an email template to use.
  • Choose to share your diabetes story at your local school or workplace. Check out our Speakers Guide below!
  • Share the resources online on Friday 12th November, using #WearBlueforDiabetes.

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.

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.

A Speakers Guide

Reach out to your local school or workplace and do a short talk about life with diabetes. Here’s how to do it!

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.

Instagram posts

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Facebook posts

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Facebook header

Instagram story / Facebook story / Tiktok

Feel free to download and share any of these resources.

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

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.