DONATION: Masons (from left) Graham McLachlan, Harold Harvey, Gladstone Diabetes Association’s Brian Wilkie, Alan Currey and Athol Bartlett.
DONATION: Masons (from left) Graham McLachlan, Harold Harvey, Gladstone Diabetes Association’s Brian Wilkie, Alan Currey and Athol Bartlett. Brenda Strong GLADONA

Secret society steps up to support diabetes association

THEY'RE meant to be a secret society, but the Many Peaks Freemasons have stepped out of the shadows to support the Gladstone Diabetes Association.

GDA president Brian Wilkie was grateful for the $500 donation, which came at a tough time for the group.

"We held an expo on November 2, which put us out of pocket $3000," he said.

The donation is much needed as central Queensland has one of the highest concentration of diabetes in the state, and is ranked third highest for obesity in Australia.

Despite that, GDA has few members, and struggled to get an audience at the expo.

"Only 26 people came but we were expecting 60 to 100," said Mr Wilkie.

"We would like people to come, join and get educated."

Alan Currey, a Many Peaks Freemasons member, said membership was also a challenge for his group.

"Work hours are different, people are too busy and don't have as much time," he said.

FAST FACTS

  • Type 2 diabetes risks include a family history of type 2 diabetes, don't get enough exercise, or have a BMI more than 25.
  • Reduce your risk by reducing the fat and sugar in your diet, losing weight and exercising.
  • Gladstone Diabetes Association meets monthly, visit mycommunityconnect.com.au for more


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