Thousands join ‘Beat Diabetes’ walkathon

Updated 24 November 2012

Thousands join ‘Beat Diabetes’ walkathon

More than 2,000 people joined the second annual “Beat Diabetes Walkathon” organized here by the retail conglomerate Al Bandar Trading (BT) in support of a global call for action against diabetes. The walkathon, under the title ‘Efhas Taslam’ led by Prince Bandar bin Saud K. Al-Saud, chairman of Al Bandar Trading, has become an iconic annual event to raise awareness about diabetes in Saudi Arabia drawing participation from all sections of society.
“The walkathon was organized by Al Bandar Trading in association with the Ministry of Health (MoH) with aim to educate as many people as possible about the growing propensity of diabetes,” said Prince Bandar, while speaking on the occasion here yesterday.
According to the MoH, the number of Saudis affected by diabetes exceeds 4.5 million mark and its prevalence is growing every day in this country. The location chosen for the historic walk was beside BT’s Centrepoint and Home Centre outlet at Exit-9 in Riyadh.
Extending his support to the cause, Prince Bandar also joined the participants in the two km walk along with Khalid Al-Sharfa, director of Al-Bandar Trading, actor Yousef Al-Jarrah and Al-Bandar Trading Chief Administrative Officer Abdullah Al Ahmed. Several top executives of the company including Vittal Prabhu, chief operating officer of Al Bandar Trading (Corporate); Ravi Krishnan, chief operating officer of Al Bandar Trading (Central Region); and other Bandar Trading officials and staffs also participated donning their blue T-shirts and caps.
Prince Bandar said: “Diabetes is growing at an alarming rate and currently affects over 366 million people worldwide.” Awareness is one of the key factors in controlling this dreaded condition as half the people who have diabetes don’t know what ailment they have or they are suffering from, he added.
“I urge everyone to regularly monitor their blood glucose levels to ensure early detection and better management of diabetes”, said the prince, while expressing concerns over the progressively growing number of diabetes patients in the country. “As we endeavor toward building a healthy society, we feel that it is the need of the hour to foster a better and seamless understanding of the condition and help the community achieve a healthy, active lifestyle,” he remarked.
"Through our on-going ‘Beat Diabetes Campaign’, Al Bandar Trading as a responsible organization intends to reach as many people as possible to raise awareness about the condition," added Al Sharfa.
He appreciated the efforts of Al Bandar Trading (an enterprise of the Landmark Group), which is one of the Kingdom’s largest retail conglomerate with brands like Centrepoint, Citymax, Home Centre, Emax, ICONIC, New Look, Koton, Shoexpress, Babyshop, Splash, Lifestyle, Shoe Mart and other International Brands under its portfolio. The group has been actively participating in several national events as part of their corporate social responsibilities program.
Last year, the Al Bandar Trading organized a walkathon in Riyadh, with over 2,000 people prticipating. A large number of people also took the opportunity to take a free blood glucose test. The group has also partnered with several organizations, including the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), to spread awareness about diabetes. The group intends to conduct many more such kinds of society-centric activities in the near future in its endeavor to create a better society.


Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Updated 28 min 23 sec ago

Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.