Media Advisory - International Diabetes Dignitaries Visit Banting House
National Historic Site of Canada

LONDON, ON, Oct. 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association welcomes dignitaries from the International Diabetes Federation to a private ceremony at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada on October 15, 2009. Media are invited to attend.

    WHAT:     International Diabetes Federation, Canadian Diabetes Federation
              and Diabète Québec visit Banting House National Historic Site
              of Canada to thank Canada for its gift of insulin ahead of the
              20th World Diabetes Congress in Montreal (October 18-22)

    WHEN:     October 15, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be

    WHERE:    Banting House National Historic Site of Canada
              442 Adelaide St. N.
              London, Ontario, Canada

    WHY:      Sir Frederick Banting is credited with the discovery of insulin
              in 1921. This discovery has saved the lives of millions of
              people with diabetes worldwide. The International Diabetes
              Federation is returning to visit the Banting House to recognize
              Banting's and Canada's gift to the world and to leave symbols
              of hope from the global diabetes community. The Canadian
              Diabetes Association, which runs the Banting House, is hosting
              the event.

    WHO:      Professor Martin Silink, President of the International
              Diabetes Federation and Ms. Ann Keeling, Chief Executive Office
              & Executive Director of the International Diabetes Federation;
              Ms. Ellen Malcolmson, President & Chief Executive Officer of
              the Canadian Diabetes Association;
              Mr. Serge Langlois, President and Executive Director of Diabète
              Québec; along with various diabetes and local dignitaries.

Photo Opportunities:

October 14, 2009 at 6 p.m.: Banting House will light in Blue for diabetes ahead of diabetes delegation visit on October 15. A blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes. Each year, landmarks around the world light in blue to mark World Diabetes Day on Banting's birthday - November 14. The Banting House will light in blue again on November 14.

October 15, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.: Professor Silink will present a replica of the diabetes blue circle and a copy of the United Nations Resolution on Diabetes to Banting House during a brief ceremony.

SOURCE Canadian Diabetes Association

For further information: For further information: Jeremy Brace, Canadian Diabetes Association, Office: (416) 408-7071, Mobile: (416) 671-2155, Email:

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