From Zephyr Cove, Nevada, USA:
I am in charge of Student Council at my high school and every year our high school has a big end of the year project. We have selected diabetes for our topic this year. I have done research on diabetes and found few ways we can make a difference besides raising money for a national foundation. Do you have any suggestions for a community service project for diabetes that involves making a difference in the lives of those with diabetes? Which goes beyond just donating money. I thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.
"Just donating money" is one of the most important things that can be done. As the parent of a child with diabetes, I understand your frustration with wanting to do more than raise money -- wanting to do something personal to touch lives and help people.
Has your Student Council thought about hosting a Diabetes Awareness Day? I saw one recently at a local grocery store. There were several representatives from companies doing screenings on people who were interested in what their blood sugars might be, and they had information on products and services for families with diabetes.
Also, if there is a way for you to connect with the children in your community who have diabetes (is there a hospital with a pediatric diabetes unit nearby?), you might be able to get some Rufus bears donated to hand out to children who have diabetes. Perhaps a Registered Dietitian in your area might offer advice on healthy eating (through handouts and meeting with people who show up). And you could raise money for one of the diabetes organizations by doing something fun (i.e., a dunk tank or other game -- proceeds go to the organization). This way you touch people's lives and raise money.
Additional comments from Sonia Cooper, President of the CWD Foundation:This sounds like a great project. There is always a need to raise awareness. Contacting local experts on type 1 diabetes and coordinating newspaper and television spots to provide information about the signs and symptoms can save lives.
Original posting 8 Feb 2002
Posted to Community Resources
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:30
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