With the #DarujemKilometre Campaign to the Moon and Back

27 June 2024

On May 22, the Slovenian Diabetes Association and the communication company Mediade received the prestigious Slovenian National Professional Award “Prizma” for organising the #DarujemKilometre (#DonatingKilometers) campaign. This award, handed out by the Slovenian Public Relations Society, recognises the exceptional work of Slovenian organisations in developing and implementing communication programmes in public relations. 

This annual campaign began in 2019 when the professional cycling team “Team Novo Nordisk”, whose members live with Type 1 diabetes, visited Slovenia. At that time, the general public was invited to cycle and report the distance they travelled in kilometers. In 2023, the campaign aimed to collect a total of 384,000 kilometers, equivalent to the distance between Earth and the Moon. Based on the kilometers already collected since 2019, over 140,000 kilometers were still needed to reach the goal. With 212,426 kilometers collected, the campaign exceeded its target in 2023, reaching a total of 512,888 kilometers. A total of 25 out of 39 member societies of the Association of Diabetic Societies of Slovenia participated in the initiative. The campaign will continue in 2024 with a new target set at 1 million kilometers.  

The campaign directly contributed to raising awareness of diabetes and the importance of physical activity in preventing, slowing down and managing the condition. The initiative not only encourages people to lead a more active lifestyle, but also represents an innovative and effective approach to raising public awareness about the importance of health. Additionally, the involvement of the broader public helped destigmatise diabetes.  

The campaign is an example of successful collaboration between different sectors to address diabetes prevention, which can be extended to other therapeutic fields.  

Slovenian professional cyclist, Matej Mohorič, who supported the campaign and donated his kilometers from one of his races, commented: “On the bike for a healthy body”. 

The Slovenian Diabetes Association wishes to thank all those who supported the #DarujemKilometre campaign, especially Novo Nordisk, which has supported the initiative from the beginning.