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- 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF
- 2019 Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF
- 2019 Rockin' for Research Gala
- Community & Third Party Events
- Community Engagement & Newly Diagnosed
- Memorials & Tributes Program
- JDRF Staff
On behalf of JDRF and the 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), we want to say thank you for participating in our 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF! This is the largest diabetes fundraising event in Canada and this year, we saw nearly 3,000 participants Walking together in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver. We are so thankful for the role you played in this powerful movement to unite family and friends to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).
Our BC & Yukon Region JDRF Team would like to thank our amazing community for rallying with us to raise funds for JDRF and T1D research. Across Canada, champions like you came together to empower one another, mobilize and fight for those affected by T1D. This year, because of your passion and dedication, we have already raised over $457,000 in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver alone!
The power you have to change the feature of type one diabetes did not end in June. Your Walk fundraising page will remain open until the end of the year. Each and every contribution helps to accelerate groundbreaking research and we encourage you to continue fundraising up until December 31st, 2019.
Once again, we’d like to sincerely thank you for all that you do. Together, we are changing the lives for all Canadians living with T1D.
For more information about participating in next year's Walk event or if you have any questions regarding remaining pledges, please contact Taryn Harrison at [email protected].
For more information about sponsorship opportunities at next year's Walk, please contact Tricia McLaren at [email protected].
This year’s Vancouver Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF took place on October 4th and has raised over $250,000 and counting! On behalf of JDRF and the 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), we want to say thank you for participating and making this possible!
Did you miss the event this year? Make 2020 the year you ride to defeat type 1! Pre-register now to reserve your bike for 2020 (date TBD in October).
If you have any questions regarding remaining donations, please contact Taryn Harrison at [email protected].
For more information about sponsorship opportunities at next year’s Ride, please contact Tricia McLaren at [email protected].
Rockin’ for Research is well-known as one of Vancouver's best and most vibrant galas, and this year’s event will be another glamorous one-of-a-kind experience.
Over the last 19 years, the Rockin' for Reserach Gala has raised a staggering $16 million. This incredible ongoing success is due to the extraordinary support of many dedicated volunteers, committed sponsors, generous donors, and passionate guess all united by the same goal - helping accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of cutting-edge advances to cure, better treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D).
To be a part of this special night, contact our Event Expeience & Fundraising Manager, Emma Shaw, at [email protected]
For information on the Gala, visit rockinforresearch.com.
Looking to plan your own event to fundraise for JDRF? Hosting a Fundraise Your Way (third party) event is a great way to show support, increase type 1 diabetes (T1D) awareness, and raise funds for research, all while having a fun time and be creative!
Fundraise Your Way events are organized independently by volunteers or community groups and supported by JDRF. Some examples of third-party fundraisers include cycling events, lemonade stands, concerts, crazy hair days at school, or having a jeans day at the office. If you wish to host a Fundraise Your Way event, please contact Natalie Backerman at [email protected]
Learn more about the process for setting up your event with JDRF using the documents below:
JDRF breaks the barrier of isolation by connecting members of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community to each other as well as opportunities to improve outcomes for people living with T1D. Recognizing that diagnosis can take place at any age, and that T1D can impact your life decades after diagnosis, we offer a variety of services and opportunities to engage across the lifetime
Support & Connect At Diagnosis:
Bag of Hope: A free bag of resources including Rufus the T1D teddy bear
When a Child Has Diabetes: A book covering everything you need to know about T1D when diagnosed
Adult Toolkit: A downloadable pdf of information for newly diagnosed adults
Talk T1D: A peer support program connecting you to trained volunteers living with T1D
T1D Aware: A presentation on T1D delivered by trained volunteers to your school, sports team etc
Support & Connect In Later Years:
Teen Youth Council: An online support network run by and for teens living with T1D
Talk T1D: Peer support with life-adjustments like pregnancy, retirement, or first jobs
T1D Insider: Regular emails with blogs about research and T1D lifestyle information
T1D Connect: Local free or low cost social and educational events for the T1D community
Advocacy: Join local, provincial and national campaigns to improve life for people living with T1D
For more information about the programs above, please contact Ashley Hunkin at [email protected].
JDRF needs you!
We rely on the support and skills of our amazing volunteers to make our Walk, Ride, Gala and Third Party events successful.
The generously donated time and energy of our volunteers is instrumental for us in providing amazing experiences for our participants and consequently keep pushing to raise more funds for research.
If you would like to make a difference to people with diabetes and their families, get involved in your community, and share your skills and passion - please join our wonderful team of volunteers!
Benefits of volunteering:
- Event logistics experience in a non-profit organisation
- Involvement in major fundraising events
- Networking with other community volunteers
- Complimentary refreshments and snacks
- Be part of a fun team and meet new people
- Reference letter upon request
Honour someone you love or remember someone you miss by supporting the vital research needed to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.
The Memorials and Tributes Program offers friends of JDRF a thoughtful, caring way to remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion while supporting critical diabetes research.
There are so many ways to give:
- Celebrate a birthday or other milestone
- Make a holiday really special
- Honour an achievement
- Send “get well” wishes
- Recognize a wedding anniversary
- Show a friend or family member who has lost a loved one how much you care
You can also use this program to raise money by asking others to give to JDRF in lieu of gifts for birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, or any other celebration in your life. Some families have raised thousands of dollars this way – and it all supports important diabetes research.
It’s easy to participate! Simply call the office (to make a credit card gift) or mail your donation to:
JDRF BC Region
4180 Lougheed Highway, Suite 502
Burnaby, BC V5C 6A7
Please clearly indicate the name of the person in whose honour or memory you are making the gift, as well as who should receive card notificating them of your gift (for example, surviving family members, honouree).
Once your donation is processed, JDRF will send you an acknowledgement and send a card notifying your honoree (or next of kin) that you have made a memorial or tribute gift. Please note, we do not disclose the amount of the gift, and gifts are processed and acknowledged within ten business days of receipt.
For more information, please contact our office at [email protected]
Dayna Backus – Regional Director, BC & Yukon – [email protected]
Tricia McLaren – Corporate Engagement Manager – [email protected]
Taryn Harrison – Peer-to-Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Manager – [email protected]
Ashley Hunkin – Community Engagement Specialist – [email protected]
Natalie Backerman – Senior Fundraising Coordinator – [email protected]
Donna Pan – Senior Peer-to-Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator – [email protected]
Sean Koopmans – Senior Peer-to-Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator – [email protected]
Charlie Ryan – Event Logistics Coordinator – [email protected]
Jessica Lui – Special Events Assistant – [email protected]
Sarah Kinsman - Administrative Assistant - [email protected]