The 36-year-old actress has been invited by the charity's founder-patron Leicester East MP Keith Vaz who was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago. In a whirlwind visit, Sushmita will launch Vaz's anniversary appeal for the charity organisation, which will mark his twenty five years as the Member of Parliament for Leicester East.
The appeal is designed to raise funds for further mobile diabetes testing units in Mumbai and the Midlands. So far the charity's units have tested 25,000 people in schools, communities, businesses and villages for free, resulting in diabetes caught early and many lives and limbs saved. Sushmita's visit will culminate in the hotly-anticipated launch of its raffle prize, a luxury car in Leicester.
For just 1 pound, participants will have the chance to take delivery of the 8,000 pound car in October this year. The unique car will be signed by Sushmita and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan when he visits the city in June. "I am delighted to be marking my 25 years as Leicester East's representative in Parliament with an appeal for this extremely important cause. Sushmita is the first of a number of special guests who will be visiting Leicester to support the appeal," said Keith.
"If only I was aware of what could be done with diet and exercise to prevent diabetes, I might never have developed it. With 850,000 people in the UK living with undiagnosed diabetes, the NGO's work is vital," Keith added.
Sushmita will also launch an inaugural marathon. The fun run will take place on July 25 and will raise awareness of the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle in preventing obesity and linked conditions such as diabetes.
Dr Modhwadia, Chairman of the charity, said, "It is a privilege for us to have Sushmita give up her valuable time to our worthy cause. It is only through celebrities like her that we are able to remind people of the importance of being tested for diabetes. From its small beginnings in Leicester, our operation now spans three continents and has tested tens of thousands of people."
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