Citadel and Cathedral will be in blue for World Diabetes Day
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Today is World Diabetes Day, The Ministry for Health has said that, as part of the awareness programme, free blood glucose monitoring is being provided by various entities during these days.
This service will also be offered from all Health Centres today (Wednesday) between 0800hrs and 1700hrs and also from local Bereg during normal opening hours.
Mater Dei Hospital will also offer the same service on Wednesday at the Main Foyer between 0900hrs and 1300hrs.
Malta and Gozo will also be particpating in the Blue Monument Challenge during which national main monuments and buildings were lit in blue (the colour of the diabetes blue circle) in several countries.
In Gozo, the event will be marked with the Citadel and Cathedral being lit up in blue by the Victoria Local Council, with the official lighting up being carried out by the Vice-Mayor, Marcell Tabone.
While last year Fort Manoel had been chosen to represent Malta in this event, this years choice was that of the newly restored facade of Auberge de Castile.
Last year over 1,000 monuments across 80 countries have been lit in blue to mark World Diabetes Day which is held annually on the 14th of November.
Various photographers from the participating countries use the occassion to obtain unique shots of historic buildings in blue. These are then shared on various diabetes sites and related social media pages.
Auberge de Castille will be lit in blue on the 13th of November, eve of World Diabetes Day. The current list of all confirmed lightings across the world can be found on http://www.idf.org/blue-monument-challenge-2012.