Inspirational Wimbledon Boy Scoops Charity Award

Pedal power of seven-year-old Kai raised more than £1,500 for Diabetes UK

A seven-year-old boy from Wimbledon who raised over £1,500 for Diabetes UK has won a volunteering award from the grateful charity.

Kai Mukiibi was presented with the prestigious ‘Young Person’s Outstanding Contribution Award’ in recognition of his efforts, at the charity's London Inspire Awards.

Instead of lazing about during his summer holidays, Kai, threw himself into something much more productive! In July, he set himself a challenge to cycle 100 miles over 20 days - all to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Kai, who attends Pelham Primary School in Wimbledon, was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was five years old.

His mum, Helen, said: “Cycling 100 miles is a feat for any child, but having Type 1 diabetes makes it even more of an achievement. I'm so proud of Kai and am inspired by his can-do attitude when facing the difficulties of living with Type 1 diabetes.”

Completing his challenge along the Brighton coastline and around London, Kai raised over £1,500 and was also awarded a Blue Peter badge for his efforts. A fierce peddler, he is determined to keep on fundraising for Diabetes UK.

Roz Rosenblatt, London Manager at Diabetes UK said: “Kai is a wonderful role model for other children and for adults. Amazingly, he is now planning THREE triathlons for this coming summer.”

The Inspire Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding individuals as well as group volunteer efforts. 

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April 3, 2017

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Kai with his mum Helen da Costa