One Shield in District Level Shooting Championship at Rajkot, Three
Gold & One Silver Medal in Open Saurashtra (Regional Level) Shooting
Championship and One Bronze Medal in State Level Shooting Championship!
This achievement is not of a normal child; it is belongs to an Insulin
Dependent 13 yrs old Diabetic child who himself takes Insulin Injections
twice a day!
Master Raviraj Prakashbhai Thakrar, 13 yrs, before identified as
Insulin Dependent Diabetic on 26th April 2004, was actively involved in
Martial Arts through Gujarat State of Karate (Okinawa Martial Arts Academy)
Rajkot and was a strong claimant for a Gold Medal in his weight Group (30
Kg) in First Oprn Saurashtra Combined Martial Arts Tournament-2004 which
was scheduled on 30th May 2004 in Indoor Stadium, Rajkot; as stated by his
coach Mr. Ankit Upadhyay!
His more than 20 Paintings were exhibited for a Week or more by his
Drawing Teacher Mr. Rajnibhai Trivedi at Fun World Rajkot in
January/February 2004. His one painting was selected by Local
representatives of Lions International for onward submission out of Gujarat
State and he was honored for that at Hemu Gadhvi Hall, Rajkot. He was a
Scout Leader in his previous School Kendriya Vidyalaya for years. He has
successfully completed 7 days Mounteering Adventure Camp organized by State
Mounteering Institute Junagadh in forest in Tent Accommodation 3 years ago
when he was about 10 yrs. Presently the diabetic child studying in Shri
Swaminarayan Gurukul Rajkot in 9th Standard hence diverted from (Kendriya
Vidyalaya) English Medium to Gujarati Medium.
International Judge & Jury Mr. Mahesh Lohima trained the Diabetic Child
in Air Weapon from 12th July to 18th July 2004 at Shri Rajkot Rifle
Shooting Foundation & the Child conferred with a Shield for being first in
".177 Open Sight Air Rifle Sub Junior Men Individual" on 28th July 2004.
During 40th Gujarat State Shooting Championship 2004 from 6th August to 8th
August 2004, he placed at third in ".177 Open Sight Air Rifle Sub Junior
Men Individual" and become a claimant of a Bronze Medal in State Level
Shooting Championship hence a Gold Medal conferred to him by Shri Nishan
Academy Gondal. During First Open Saurashtra Shooting Championship 2004
from 27th August to 29th August 2004, he won a Gold Medal in ".177 Open
Sight Air Rifle Sub Junior Men Individual" and also got a Silver Medal in
First Open Saurashtra Air Weapon Inter School Shooting Championship 2004.
He also conferred with another Gold Medal by Shri Nishan Academy Gondal
being a concrete team member of Organizing Team of First Open Saurashtra
Shooting Championship 2004 & First Open Saurashtra Air Weapon Inter School
Shooting Championship 2004.
Raviraj Prakashabhai Thakrar is a member of Juvenile Diabetic
Foundation, Rajkot; like other Rajkot based Insulin Dependent Diabetic
Children who takes Insulin twice a day by Injections. He is a member of
more than 175 Diabetic yahoo Groups consisting more than 19,000
Diabetic/Scientists/Researches/Heads of Diabetes Research Centers of their
Countries all over the world including U.K., U.S.A. & Egypt. He; through
internet; regularly receives latest research papers by which; he knows very
well that till date; Diabetes Type - 1 (Insulin Dependant) is not curable;
only controllable. These entire diabetic have to compulsorily inject their
daily dose of Insulin regularly. By injecting insulin in their body daily;
they are not going to be free of this disease; they can only regulate their
blood Glucose Level for maximum 24 hours only. There is no medicine, which
can cure such type of diabetic all over the world. No O.H.A. (Oral
Hypoglycemic Agent), no medicine, which can be swallowed by mouth, is
effective in this disease. Vice President, American Diabetes Association
certifies this fact and an e-mail print out is exists with father of the
diabetic child. In conclusion, we can say that "Diabetes Type 1 is not
curable; only controllable"; till date.
We must praise the courage of the diabetic child for the fact that
before competiting all the Championships on various days of Competitions;
he took his regular dosage of Insulin by injection himself & used his
Pneumatic Air Rifle for constantly 1 hour 15 minutes in single standing
position as per the National Rules & won the Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals
in ".177 Open Sight Air Rifle Sub Junior Men Individual".
The diabetic child, as advised by his doctor, records himself his Urine
Blood Sugar through Ketodiastic daily 3 to 5 times. He takes his daily
dosage of Insulin (30 Units a day) by Injection at 12:50 p.m. & 7:30pm
There is a humble appeal of father of the diabetic child, Shri
Prakashbhai Thakrar, to all of you to send any information related to
remedy of Type 1 diabetes by which he either can stop daily injections or
reduce the daily dosage of Insulin to his son.