Spare a Rose, Save a Child is simple: buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the value of that flower to children with diabetes. It is a program of Partnering for Diabetes Change (P4DC), a coalition of people living with diabetes and industry representatives aiming to address unmet needs in diabetes through community and collaboration.
Lack of access to insulin is the most common cause of death for children with diabetes in many countries around the world. In fact, in some parts of the world, the estimated life expectancy of a child who has just developed diabetes could be less than a year. *
There are two things you can do to help:
Make a Donation to Life for a Child
Please be ready to give. Through the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign, we raise awareness and donations for Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program which provides life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education that children in developing countries need to stay alive.
The campaign will run the first two weeks of February (1-14). We have worked with IDF to create a new, monthly giving option. This option lets you sign up to give monthly from your bank card. Our hope is that this is an easy way to help more kids. Of course, if you prefer a one-time Valentine’s Day gift, of course, that is just as welcomed, and appreciated.
Spread the Word
Help raise awareness for #SpareARose by blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, etc. about the effort. We encourage you to use the materials we’ve provided and reference our FAQs as you help us spread the word. Our goal is to engage people outside of the diabetes community too, so don’t forget to reach out to your family, friends, and colleagues.
Please consider running a mini-campaign at your place of work. We have a toolkit for businesses to help get people started. Click here to get all of the info!
We hope you’ll share in our effort to channel some of our love for our families into helping other families keep their loved ones alive. It is a simple, but life-changing message. Just a few dollars goes a long way. Spare a Rose also shows that the diabetes online community takes care of one another – both online and off – around the world.
The Partnering for Diabetes Change team, on behalf of the Diabetes Online Community