DIGICEL HELPS ADVOCATE FOR DIABETES AWARENESS STAY CONNECTED ON HISTORIC CLIMB

The journey of Barbados’ leading local advocate for Diabetes Awareness can now be followed by all of Barbados thanks to Digicel.

This is because, Krystal Boyea, Youth Ambassador for Diabetes in Barbados, will be utilizing a mobile and data service from Digicel to keep the Barbadian Diabetes community updated, in addition to staying connected with friends and family while on her historic climb of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro.

Krystal is the only Caribbean representative on a team of 11 Type 1 Diabetics from around the world taking part in the August 30th – September 6th “Mount Kilimanjaro – T1D Expedition: Going Beyond Together“, which is aimed at raising awareness of Diabetes and the plight of individuals living with Diabetes.

Krystal Boyea (left), Youth Ambassador for Diabetes in Barbados, accepting her new Samsung Galaxy phone, which she will be using on her journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, from Digicel Marketing Executive, Randy Howard.

Krystal Boyea (left), Youth Ambassador for Diabetes in Barbados, accepting her new Samsung Galaxy phone, which she will be using on her journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, from Digicel Marketing Executive, Randy Howard.

Founder and President of Blueprint Barbados, the Youth Arm Committee at the Diabetes Association of Barbados, Krystal has represented Barbados at the Young Leaders in Diabetes Congress held by the International Diabetes Association, in addition to speaking at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the 2012 American Diabetes Conference in Chicago.

Speaking on the assistance being provided by Digicel, Ms. Boyea indicated that one of her greatest concerns was being able to keep in touch, not only on this journey, but also during her many travels:

“I travel a considerable amount during the year to speak about Diabetes and one of my largest expenses is my mobile bill, which ends up being quite high because of the amount of posting I do on Social Media to keep my followers updated, in addition to staying connecting with my family. I’m therefore grateful that Digicel has come on board to help with this and I’m looking forward to working with them on their efforts to raise the awareness of Diabetes in Barbados.”

Commercial Director of Digicel (Barbados) Limited, Alex Tasker, said when the company got wind of Ms. Boyea’s planned climb, they immediately looked to get involved:

This is a very brave undertaking by a very courageous young woman and we definitely applaud her for it. We are happy to lend our assistance to her efforts to raise the local awareness of Diabetes and we will definitely continue working with her in the future to ensure that the message about this disease reaches as many Barbadians as possible.”

Later this year, Ms. Boyea will continue representing Barbados on the world stage when she speaks at the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia, where she will also be a member of the organizing committee for the Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme for the International Diabetes Federation.

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