The Dasman Diabetes Institute hosted the first annual “Friends of Dasman” gala dinner and silent auction. The Friends of Dasman foundation is a group of individuals who are gathered to support the initiatives and activities of the Dasman Diabetes Institute. The goal of the foundation is to raise funds through various social events, such as dinners, seminars, and social gatherings, in which the funds that are raised will be used towards sponsoring a particular program or initiative. As the Institute moves towards finding creative ways to raise its own funds for its diverse activities, the foundation will play a role as being one of the sources for these funds.

This year the “Friends of Dasman” foundation will be raising funds for sponsoring more of the “Let’s Get Healthy Today, Kuwait” events. The program is to host schools from various governates in Kuwait, bringing them into the Institute for a full day of workshops surrounding healthy living. The children attend lectures about diabetes education and nutrition, fly kites, and even cook their own food in the kitchen. To continue to sponsor more of these workshops, the money raised from tonight’s Gala dinner and silent auction, as well as the various social events planned for the coming year will be used for supporting more schools to participate in these programs. The goal is to be able to host as many children through these workshops, promoting healthy living and ultimately preventing the onset of non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes.