And the winner is…

Ok well we don’t know yet, but the judging has been successfully completed in Egypt and Lebanon and will take place in the UAE this Thursday. We are glad to inform you that the Inspired by Diabetes Middle East contest received a total of 10 submissions from Lebanon, 150 from Egypt and 120 from the UAE.

Here is a list of our fantastic judges:

Egypt:  ·        Mrs Nahed Hamza, Deputy Chief Editor, Al Akhbar·        Mr Nabil Shawky, Artist

·        Representatives from the Ministry of Health

Lebanon:

·        Members of the Lebanese Diabetes Society

·        Members of the Lebanese Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Lipids

UAE:

·        Members of local musicians, ABRI

·        Saeed Shalash, Editor, Zahrat Al Khaleej magazine

·        Rachael Brown, Jam Jar

 Stay tuned as I will announce winners here probably before the official site does. 🙂

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Inspired by Diabetes contest ends…let the judging begin!

January 31st marked the end of the regional art competition in the Middle East. Hundreds of submissions have come141.jpg141.jpg in from the three main countries, Lebanon, Egypt and the UAE. Most of the submissions were from children. There were paintings, drawings and some poetry as well. Thanks to everyone who submitted something. Now comes the fun part… judging.

As you might have read, Dubai musicians ABRI are lending their talents to judging the competition in the UAE. Other UAE judges include Saeed Shalash, Editor of Zahrat Al Khaleej, Rachael Brown from the Jam Jar (who are also providing some of the prizes) as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Emirates Diabetes Society.

In Lebanon, judges will include Ramze Khoury, local Lebanese rap artist, Lebanese painter, Bernard Renno who also owns the gallery Vestige d’Orient Atelier D’art and is the ‘Attachee Cultural of the General Consulate of Latvia/EU in Lebanon’. The Lebanese Endocrinolgy, Diabetes and Lipids Society and the Lebanese Diabetes Society will also judge the competition.

The Egypt entrants will be judged by Nahed Hamza, Deputy Chief Editor of Al Ahkbar and Nabil Shawky, a local artist. Other judges are currently being selected for Egypt.

While the regional comptition has closed, you can still enter the international competition, which has extended its deadline to March 31. Visit www.inspiredbydiabetes.com for more information.

Makin’ noise: Dubai’s up-and-coming rock stars, ABRI, support IBD

ABRI

If you haven’t heard of them then you live under a rock! ABRI, the Dubai band that is clearing the desert sand from the ears of music lovers across the Middle East are breaking out with their debut album, ‘Sunchild’, released on November 1st, 2007. Recently, the band has garnered plenty of press, a rowing fan base and has played with international music acts such as Shaggy, the Fun Loving Criminals and Arrested Development.

And now they are joining ‘Inspired by Diabetes’!!! ABRI has offered to lend their support to this great initiative by offering their talents as celebrity judges for the competition. Those of you who submit your artwork to the contest will be sure to have the eyes and ears of this one-of-a-kind band look at your work….which is pretty cool!

Hamdan Al Abri, the band’s vocalist has a history of diabetes in his family and he offered good advice to those of you who are finding it hard to find inspiration.

“My cousin also has diabetes,” says Hamdan. “She has to take insulin injections every day. At first I thought it was strange and kind of intense but it seemed to blend right into her life and never slowed her down. She would sometimes pass out at school. Most people would be embarrassed in a situation like that but she just showed up the next day like nothing happened.”Looking back now, the funk/soul singer can recognize how even something like diabetes, which is called ‘the silent killer’, can be inspirational. If you take a step backwards, he says, you can see more clearly the things that are invisible because they are so close to you.

 “That’s why I encourage people to take a moment and think about how diabetes affects them,” He says. “It opens your eyes. Put yourself in their shoes, see their life. How would it be? What would you change? By changing your perspective you can truly be inspired.”Visit www.inspiredbydiabetes-me.com to find the rules and submission forms. Spend some time this holiday season to think about the people around you. Even if they don’t have diabetes, what would it be like if they did? Get Inspired!

Take a listen to ABRI’s music online at www.myspace.com/AbriMusic 

Happy holidays.