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Aug 5, 2015

Tropigas Donates to Diabetes Association

Today, the Diabetes Association was gifted with a donation valued at a little over three thousand dollars. Tropigas has partnered with the association before, so when the association went calling for help Tropigas answered in a big and meaningful way. News Five was at the handing over ceremony today.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Belize Diabetes Association is a non-governmental agency that relies on donations and funding from partners. And today they received a donation from Tropigas, which President Anthony Castillo says will greatly aid the association in its work to prevent and treat diabetes.


Anthony Castillo

Anthony Castillo, President, Belize Diabetes Association

“This morning, Tropigas made a huge donation to the association. This morning we received a refrigerator, a laptop computer and a projector. The laptop and projector will be used in our outreach program when we go to the schools and to share information of diabetes to the general public and the students. The bigger donation this morning is the refrigerator. Recently we acquired a quantity of insulin along with other diabetes supplies from an overseas agent called Insulin for Life. At this time, we will be able to provide all our children with Type 1 diabetes with insulin. As you know, insulin is a product which needs to be kept cool in a cool atmosphere. Prior to this, we did not have a refrigerator where we could store our supplies. This is a very big bonus for the association and we are very grateful to Tropigas for this donation. Our children living with diabetes, from time to time struggle in acquiring their insulin. Insulin is a life-line for children living with diabetes. It is a product which is needed for their daily survival. So, huge, huge thanks to Tropigas for this donation.”


And with a commitment from Insulin for Life to provide free insulin every quarter to the association, the value of the refrigerator cannot be underscored enough as it will store this life-saving medication.


Eric Bradley

Dr. Eric Bradley, Internist & Diabetologist

“This will have a very positive impact for our patients with Type 1 diabetes. Why is it? Because the treatment for diabetes, type one and type two, is not a treatment for a day or a month. It is a lifetime treatment. Something again, looking at the type of insulin that we got in is very costly. So, there will be a great benefit for our patients with Type 1 diabetes when it comes to the cost and it will also ensure that these patients always have the treatment that they need to control their condition.”


Approximately sixty-two children living with diabetes are registered with the association. Diabetic Nairobi Cortez says that the support of the association helps her to better cope.


Nairobi Cortez, Diabetic Patient

“I am thankful that this association exists because we get the free strip for our machine and you get that support to know that you are not the only one with this condition living with it. I dah just say that it just support me in every way.”


Nairobi Cortez

Andrea Polanco

“How long have you been diagnosed with diabetes?”


Nairobi Cortez

“Five years now, since I was ten.”



“What are some of the challenges you go through?”


Nairobi Cortez

“Only challenge I have since I am a diabetic is the fact of like high glucose level and your body weight.”


Rochelle Tucker

Tropigas says it recognizes the important role of the association in fighting diabetes, and as good corporate citizen they want to help.


Rochelle Tucker, Regional Manager, Tropigas

“It is one that is killing our nation and not a lot of people are aware of how deep it can be. I think we need to start looking at those information and start using that information to the best of our abilities. We have children who are affected by diabetes. This is deadly and it is very important that we know what is going on. How does it affect us and how does it affect our family members. So, it’s not only about you the person who would have the disease, but also about the people who are taking care of you. So, our organization is definitely gonna keep on doing this with them, so that in the future if they need other support, we will look at that and see how we can be a part of that. I also want to urge other businesses to come on board and help the association so that we can help to protect our nation from this disease. We have a lot of young people and we need to start now.”


And while this association serves a very critical purpose, Castillo says they are yet to get a space to call their own.


Anthony Castillo

“At this time, we are in a rented facility. We are an N.G.O. and we struggle for finances. We have overhead cost of light, water and rent. So, if there is any charitable organization that would like to house us and if we can find a place to call our home and without all these over head bills, that would assist.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.


If you have a child living with diabetes, you are encouraged to get him or her registered with the Belize Diabetes Association so that he or she can receive insulin treatments. 

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