For many people around the world, February means Valentine’s Day and romance, roses and declarations of love. For the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) and global diabetes advocates, February means one thing only: Spare a Rose, Save a Child.
Spare a Rose was developed in 2013 by a small group of advocates connected to the DOC looking for a way to support people with diabetes in less-resourced countries. Fundraising for the initiative begins around Valentine’s Day with a very specific ask: instead of sending a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day (February 14th), why not send eleven roses and donate the 12th rose to Life for a Child. The value of a single rose (about US$5) provides one month’s supply of insulin to a child in need.
Life for a Child (LFAC) provides critical diabetes medications, supplies and education to young people who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. The program currently supports over 21,000 young people with diabetes in 42 countries around the world. This year marks the seventh anniversary #SpareaRose has been running. Since 2013, nearly US$190,000 has been raised and donated directly to LFAC. This six-figure roughly equates to a year’s supply of insulin for over 3,166 children with diabetes.