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Sasol, South African Embassy mark Mandela Day at Sidra.

Tribune News Network Doha Sharing the spirit of Nelson Mandela of giving back to the society through simple and meaningful acts of kindness, Sasol, the South African international integrated chemicals and energy company, in cooperation with the Embassy of South Africa, celebrated the Mandela Day at Sidra Medicine. The team visited the paediatric endocrinology outpatient ward at Sidra Medicine and distributed activity books and games to children with diabetes in the presence of Ambassador of South Africa to Qatar HE Faizel Moosa, General Manager of Public Affairs at Sasol Jack Saba, Executive Director of Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) Dr Abdulla al Hamaq and Sidra Medicine officials. The Diabetes Activity Book, developed by Sasol and QDA, is a fun-filled activity book packed with information and games that test kids' knowledge on diabetes, encourage them to embrace a healthy lifestyle and behaviours. The visit also included interactive games where children had fun with the "Health Park with Salem and Sarah" board game. The game was developed by Sasol and QDA, to support children and families living with type 1diabetes in Qatar and the region. It was designed to raise awareness about healthy eating habits and food groups that children and their families should incorporate to their lifestyle. Ambassador Moosa said, "This historic day is a special date to celebrate and cherish the incredible personality of Nelson Mandela who inspired millions of people across the world and to reflect on his life and carry his legacy forward by working as a united community. We were pleased to see children of Sidra Medicine enjoying the interactive games provided by Sasol and QDA, and we thank the medical staff at the hospital for their collaboration." Dr Hamaq said, "Mandela Day is a wonderful opportunity for organizations to come together. As a diabetes center, we are ready to adopt the initiatives that educate and empower our children living with diabetes while bringing delight, joyful moments and beautiful experiences. This Diabetes activity book which we tailored for the kids with type I diabetes, will definitely have a significant impact on the kid's health and lifestyle." Jack Saba said, "We are proud to contribute to the global movement prompted by Nelson Mandela's life through spreading joy to the children with diabetes at Sidra Medicine. Sasol is committed to nurture a healthy population by increasing the level of awareness and knowledge about diabetes in the country in partnership with QDA." Dr Eman Nasralla, manager of Community Engagement and Events at Sidra Medicine, said: "We are grateful to the South African embassy and Sasol in Qatar for this visit. We highly value the Diabetes Activity Book and the "Health Park with Salem and Sarah" board game for their positive impact on children living with diabetes. Activities such as these play a key role raising awareness and are great interactive tools to encourage children them to embrace healthy practices". Mandela Day was launched in 2009 to commemorate Nelson Mandela's birthday and his 67 years of public service.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Jul 24, 2019
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