Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, on behalf of the City Council, proclaimed Thursday as Lions for Diabetes Awareness Day.

To make this declaration, Cavanaugh met the Mid-Day Lions Club at the fountain in front of St. John's United Methodist Church. Attending were Vicki Major, president of Mid-Day Lions, Ellen Heim, Pat Friday, Dallas Frazier, Joanne Cadotte, Del Sharp, Kathy Bacon, Erica Doyle and Bobbie Robinson, who arranged the event.

All of Aiken's citizens are urged to join in the fight against diabetes, and to promote awareness while aiding those in need.

Dr. Joyce Haskell, zone chair for the six Lions Clubs in Aiken County and current president of the Aiken Evening Club, came in support of the Mid-Day Lions Club.

Dr. Haskell shared that on 11/12/13, a date to easily remember, a new Leo club was just chartered at USC Aiken.

After the club heard from Cavanaugh, attendees placed themselves around the fountain, while each poured in the vibrant blue dye. This can be seen at the corners of Richland and Newberry for the remainder of the month.

They then gathered in a human blue circle ceremony, and read aloud to unite for diabetes awareness.

Blue symbolizes life and health, and the color blue reflects the sky that unites all nations.

The hope is that a blue circle will be as recognizable in promoting diabetes awareness as the pink ribbon is for breast cancer. Jim Minear and Tom Brown, both St. John's volunteers, lent a hand to commemorate this day.

Lions Club International is the world's largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.