Canadian Students Walk to Raise Money for Diabetes Association
112,000 people in the Province on Manitoba, Canada suffer Diabetes. As a province of only 1.2 million, that is close to 10% of the population! As well as this statistic, 1 in 3 sufferers isn’t even aware they have Diabetes. The associated medical complications of diabetes include high blood pressure, heart disease, poor circulation (which can lead to amputations) blindness and depression and it is not hard to see why the mortality rate for Diabetes sufferers is twice that of unaffected persons.
The Canadian Diabetes Association is focused on its mission – to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. – See more at: http://www.diabetes.ca/about-cda/mission#sthash.DYLZMYwW.dpuf
The Sterling North PBCC School in Stonewall, Manitoba has 84 students from the town, as well as Woodlands and Winnipeg. The school has one diabetic student and many students have friends or relatives also suffering from diabetes. This led the Student Leadership Team to a decision to support the worthy cause that the CDA promote.
The team proposed a sponsored 5 KM Walk-a-Thon on June 25th around the perimeter on the Stonewall (population approx. 4500) to promote healthy exercise – a major contributor to mitigate some of the effects of the disease.
Donations flowed in from many residents of the town, businesses friends and family in a display of local support for this initiative. The entire school participated in the walk-a-thon and the walk itself took between 1-2 hours, depending on fitness levels!
After the walk-a-thon, the tired but happy students presented the cheque to the Fundraising Team at Canadian Diabetes Association.
The CDA team were totally blown away with the result from the small school –a cheque of $10,567.30! “This cheque is more than what a lot of our corporate donors give – we are ecstatic” said Laryssa Sawchuk Public Programs Coordinator at Canadian Diabetes.
“The Canadian Diabetes Association knows that donations are a demonstration of trust – trust that we’ll use the very most of every dollar received to help Canadians with diabetes to live healthier lives, and to enable researchers in their quest to find a cure.”