With more than nine million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, chances are, most Canadians know someone living with the disease.
From coast to coast, November is Diabetes Awareness Month with local events and fundraising activities.
Awareness and funds will support the vital work of the Canadian Diabetes Association, which is leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live a healthy life while they work to find a cure.
In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, the Clothesline Okanagan team is launching the Fill the Bagster clothing drive at Okanagan Rona stores until Sunday.
This initiative is timely as Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day and it provides the public with an opportunity to help both the Canadian Diabetes Association and the environment.
Donors are encouraged to bring donations of gently-used clothing, jackets, shoes, linens, household items and electronics to the Vernon Rona store at 2201 58th Ave.
Ongoing advocacy successes have provided improved care of Canadians living with diabetes both provincially and federally. In addition to these efforts, the association operates 12 camps, serving 1,600 children with type-one diabetes and their families across Canada each summer.