Scrolling through a newsfeed these days can be downright painful. There’s not a lot of happiness or success being highlighted, and that can take a toll on your mental health. What can you do to make a difference?
There is something you can do. Something you can do this minute. And your actions have the power to save the life of a child.
Today marks the beginning of the Spare a Rose campaign, which runs every February 1 -14th. The idea? Instead of buying a dozen roses for your loved one, buy 11 and take the value of that spared rose – about $5 – and donate it to IDF’s Life for a Child program.
“Living with type 1 diabetes can be challenging wherever you live, but in some countries lifesaving insulin, management tools and education are entirely unaffordable or even unavailable. Life for a Child partners with diabetes centres in these countries to supply young people with these vital components for life. We are working towards the vision: No Child Should Die of Diabetes.
The program commenced in 2000 and currently supports over 18,000 young people living with type 1 diabetes. In 20 of the 42 countries where we work, we have the resources to help every diagnosed child. With your support, we can achieve this in all 42.” – LFAC website
I looked in my fridge this morning and saw three months worth of life-saving insulin sitting there, all casual, in my butter compartment. Seeing that stash of insulin made me feel lucky. So I spared a rose.
And I hope you will, too.
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You can participate in the Spare a Rose campaign by sharing the donation link, spreading the word on social media (use the hashtag #sparearose), and asking folks in your family, neighborhood, and office to consider joining the efforts. Thank you for helping make this campaign a success and for taking care of our diabetes community both here at home and across the globe.