An animated series entitled Rashid: Living With Type 1 Diabetes aimed to uphold the rights of children with Type 1 diabetes has been awarded a Telly Award for Film/Video at the 37th Annual Telly Awards.  The winning animated series consisting of twelve animated shorts in high-end 3D animation, voiced in Arabic and English, aims to uphold the rights of children and bring awareness of children with Type 1 diabetes.

The series was created by Chocolate Moose Media for the Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), sponsored by ORYX GTL. The series is available for free viewing, downloading and use by any organization or person.

The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries. The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions. The Telly mission is to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity.

The series covers several important topics on children living with diabetes including creating awareness on: a proactive mind-set of understanding the needs of children with open discussion and empathy; a policy of allowing children to check their blood glucose level whenever/wherever necessary; understanding insulin – what it is, how it is taken, why it is necessary; children could have very serious health and well-being consequences if their needs are not attended to urgently; children who feel unwell should be tended to immediately, with appropriate measures; eliminating discrimination and prejudice against students; an open mind-set to letting children drink water, rest or use the bathroom; diabetes is a health condition and has nothing to do with the age, gender, culture or ethnicity of the child affected and children living with diabetes have all the same human rights as all other children.

Dr. Abdulla Al-Hamaq, Executive Director of Qatar Diabetes Association, stated that: “QDA is honored to win for the animated series entitled Rashid: Living With Type 1 Diabetes at the 37th Annual Telly Awards.  Winning this award is a big bonus that will inspire us more in our diabetes awareness campaign.  These videos will serve as a tool for us to easily disseminate information’s and uphold the rights of children with Type 1 diabetes.

I am so pleased that this international award will give us the opportunity to ensuring the safety of the students with diabetes even in the region and the worldwide, and I would like to thank ORYX GTL and Chocolate Moose Media for their support and help in making this happen.”

Mr. Thamer Ali Al-Kaabi, A/Public Relations Manager at ORYX GTL stated that: “ORYX GTL is very proud to sponsor the valuable work of the Qatar Diabetes Association, offering support to patients and their families and raising awareness about the impact of diabetes.

This project is part of ORYX GTL’s long-term CSR strategy, which is aligned with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, and contributes to the Human and Social Pillars specifically.  ORYX GTL is constantly striving to be a main contributor to having a happier and healthier Qatar and these great collaborations with key stakeholders will help us achieve this wonderful goal”.

Chocolate Moose Media’s Mr. Firdaus Kharas said “We have created a unique, innovative animated series for children living with Type 1 diabetes.  I hope this award-winning series will be put to good and extensive use for the benefit of children living with Type 1 diabetes.  I thank QDA and ORYX for joining together to make their lives better.”

 The entire series may be viewed and downloaded in Arabic and English at https://vimeo.com/album/3676842