Diabetic novelist, with photographer partner, traveling with diabetes to raise diabetes awareness around the world, and proving that there is no reason for this chronic condition to prevent anyone from following their dreams.
Cape Town, South Africa (PRWEB) September 2, 2009 -- Novelist, Bridget McNulty, and photographer, Mark Peddle, are about to set off around the world for nine months, promoting and documenting the positive side of traveling with diabetes through words, images and video, all of which will be featured on Just The Planet - their media partners.
Bridget McNulty, a writer and Type 1 diabetic, has just had her novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, published in the USA, where it has already been listed in Cosmopolitan.com's 8 Best Summer Books. She will be joined by partner Mark Peddle, a photographer and designer, as they travel the world raising awareness for diabetes. Their goal is to show that with careful daily management , there is no reason for diabetes to stop you following your dreams.
Followers will be able to track McNulty and Peddle's journey across the globe, as they traverse first world and third, and visit over 10 different countries. Awareness will be raised through the Round The World 2009, "Traveling With Diabetes" section of Just The Planet and will include a frequently updated blog (Sweet Life), a visual journey of photographs, weekly videos hosted on YouTube, and daily video snippets uploaded by cellphone called "Best Moment of the Day". In addition to the online information, McNulty has agreed to a number of public speaking engagements as a way to offer further insights into the challenges of traveling with diabetes on a lengthy Round The World journey.
McNulty and Peddle are also launching the "Take Heart Campaign" in order to raise money for the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). They will be collecting handcrafted hearts from each country they visit and after the trip the hearts will be auctioned to the public on eBay. The hearts symbolize hope and the "Take Heart Campaign" is intended to encourage everybody to live their dreams and not let any disability prevent them from living their lives to the full. All proceeds from the auction of the handcrafted hearts will be donated to the JDRF.
The pair will leave Cape Town , South Africa early September 2009, and will travel to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, (possibly the United States) Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, returning to Cape Town in June 2010 in time for the Soccer World Cup, documenting the journey as they go. You can follow their daily blog, Sweet Life Blog and their Twitter posts at Twitter/Sweet_Life_Blog
McNulty is not only a writer, but also a champion of diabetes awareness. She has just been chosen as the winner of the South African leg of the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Media Prize in the print category, for her article, "Sugar Rush" published in Real Simple magazine in July 2008. "Sugar Rush" is an inspiring first-person account of how being diagnosed with diabetes caused Bridget to make positive life changes, and redefine her definition of success. She will be flown to Vienna later this year to compete in the international round of the competition. "It's a huge honour," says McNulty of the award, "And I can't wait to represent my country, and South African diabetics, at the international event."
For more information about the "Travelling With Diabetes"- Round The World 2009, or to interview Bridget McNulty or Mark Peddle, visit Just The Planet/Traveling With Diabetes
About Just The Planet
Just The Planet is an online luxury travel magazine for independent travellers and provides exceptional travel writing and photography. It is aimed at the discerning luxury traveller who is looking for honest reviews, trusted travel tips and bespoke travel experiences around the world with like-minded travellers. They partner with experienced concierge services to provide the very best luxury travel experiences for their readers.
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