Door-to-door support sought

The Canadian Diabetes Association is literally hitting the streets with a spring door-to-door campaign.

The Canadian Diabetes Association is literally hitting the streets with a spring door-to-door campaign.

The campaign will run from May 1 to 31.

“This year, we are looking for volunteer canvassers in Vernon who are able to volunteer one to two hours of their time this May,” said Cheryl Stone, residential campaign co-ordinator.

“This is a great opportunity for young people, as students may qualify for volunteer credit hours through our program.”

The mission of the CDA is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. This campaign is timely as diabetes is a serious disease that has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. Currently, more than nine million Canadians, or one in four, are living with diabetes or prediabetes — a number expected to rise to one in three by 2020.

Funds raised from the campaign will be used to support diabetes research, provide residents with local diabetes educational resources including hosting educational events in the community and advocacy work.

“You can help fight diabetes in your community — a little time can make all the difference. Choose to canvass in your own neighbourhood, at your workplace, amongst friends and family, or donate,” said Stone.

“The power of our collective efforts can make a significant impact in the lives of the more than 420,000 British Columbians living with diabetes.”

For more information or to volunteer, contact Cheryl Stone at 1-888-628-9494 or cheryl.stone@diabetes.ca.