By Dave Ogilvie
Diabetes Canada has a long an influential history in Canada.
In the late 1940s, Charles Best formed the Diabetic Association of Ontario to help advocate for and serve the needs of the growing numbers of Canadians with diabetes.
After this, other provinces and territories formed their own diabetic associations.
In 1953, they decided to amalgamate and become the Canadian Diabetes Association, which provided advocacy, education, research funding, and programs and services for those living with the disease.
Now with even more Canadians developing diabetes, the association has entered a new era.
On Feb. 13, 2017, The Canadian Diabetes Association changed its name to Diabetes Canada.
This name change represents their renewed commitment to changing the conversation around diabetes, making the invisible disease more visible, and raising awareness about the diabetes epidemic.
Diabetes Canada is committed to partnering with Canadians to end diabetes through: resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes, advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces and funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.
One of the programs to raise money for diabetes research has been active in the district for many years.
The Clothesline program as it is known, collects used clothing and sells it to raise money to find a cure for diabetes.
These red–and also blue/white metal bins–can be found in various locations around the district.
Now Diabetes Canada is bringing a new program to Emo.
Diabetes Canada workers will come to your house and pickup anything you would like to donate.
This part of the program goes beyond just clothing to many other items you may want out of your house.
Diabetes Canada will accept all gently used clothing, including shoes, boots, and runners.
They will also accept fashion accessories (belts, jewelry, backpacks, and purses), home textiles (bedding, towels, sleeping bags, etc.), kitchenware, home décor (any kinds of decorations), small electrical items (toasters, irons, lamps and much more) and leisure and recreation items (puzzles, stuffed animals, sports equipment etc.).
The most important aspect of this part of the program is that the people collecting would like everything you donate to be easy to handle.
Keep items small enough for one person to pick up and carry in a sealed box.
Other items such as textiles and clothing can be placed in a standard 67 L garbage bag.
To schedule a pickup in Emo on July 10 or Aug. 21, simply call 1-800-505-5525 or 623-0887, mark your boxes and/or bags with a large “D” and Diabetes Canada workers will pick everything up for free.
One hundred percent of net proceeds raised by Diabetes Canada go directly to support diabetes research, education, advocacy and other vital programs.
One program which is near and dear to the hearts of the Emo and District Lions members is the Diabetes D-Camps.
These camps, one which is located near Kenora, help kids with Type 1 diabetes to indulge their sense of adventure in a diabetes friendly environment where they can meet and connect with other kids who share the same experiences.
The children learn to manage the disease on their own and return less reliant on their parents.
So start cleaning your home, decide to de-clutter and support Diabetes Canada and the kids with Type 1, by phoning the numbers provided. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbours living with diabetes.