Diabetes is known as the tsunami of the 21st century, killing more people worldwide than AIDS and cancer combined, and yet, people know so little about this serious illness.


Sheritha Kumar, James Viljoen and Sumayyah Sha from the Protea Hotel by Marriott – Durban Edward, seen putting in some practice for the upcoming 5km fun run/walk taking place on Sunday, November 11 for the Durban Wellness Festival, an event which highlights the serious condition of Diabetes.


Most people only begin to start taking care of themselves and their health when they are confronted by a scare and are then forced to change their lifestyle, that of cutting down their intake of junk food and being more active. The Durban Wellness Festival, supported by SASA, Lily and Clover Tropika Slenda, as well as the Protea Hotel by Marriott – Durban Edward, has been formulated to educate and encourage people to make positive changes before it is too late.

One of the aims of the 5km run/walk is to encourage regular exercise, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable, reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases and improves one’s general well-being. The Wellness Expo provides the opportunity for the public to have their blood pressure, blood sugar, eyes and feet tested on the day. It also includes exhibitors from pharmaceutical, health, fitness and nutrition companies to expose the public to a variety of products to improve or maintain their good health.

Taking place at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty, the Durban Wellness Festival 5km fun run/walk will open for registration at 7 am, and will officially kick off at 8 am sharp with the cut-off at 10 am. The cost to participate is just R60 per person.

The Durban Wellness Festival is about creating awareness as well as educate members of the public about diabetes – all proceeds generated from the 5km fun run/walk is going towards Diabetes SA Durban, who are a self-funding organisation, which does not receive any form of government funding. These funds will go back into the education of this dreaded condition within KZN. The Wellness Expo is free for the public to attend.

To wrap up, Sheritha Kumar who is the regional sales manager from the Protea Hotel by Marriott – Durban Edward said; “Not only are our hotel staff entering this event to raise awareness of this cause and organisation, but I would like to extend a challenge to our neighbouring hotel staff along our golden mile to also participate. I look forward to seeing them at the start on Sunday, November 11 at the Bay of Plenty”.

For further information about this event, or if you wish to exhibit, please contact Pat Bonini on 031-2012169 during office hours or email: