Make a difference

Spare a Rose, Save a Child

This initiative, to borrow words from Kerri at Six Until Me, is to “take the typical “dozen roses,” so popular on Valentine’s Day, and save just one rose to spare the life of a child. “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” is simple:  buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and share the value of that flower with a child with diabetes in the developing world.  Your loved one at home still gets flowers, and you both show some love to someone who needs it.”

I was going to spend $10 on flowers for my Mum. Instead, I took that $10 and donated it instead. Why? Even $1 a day provides:

  • regular insulin
  • quality blood glucose monitoring equipment (meter, strips, lancets)
  • essential clinical care
  • up-to-date diabetes education materials
  • specialised diabetes training for medical staff

We’re so lucky in Australia, I think we all need to spread that luck around a little bit 🙂 In some developing countries, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is a death sentence. Some parents have to choose between feeding their families or buying the insulin to save their child. I can’t even imagine that feeling, but I do know that I can give half an hour of my salary (woo minimum wage) to help those people less fortunate than me.

Why stop at Valentines Day? Even just a few dollars that you may spend on your morning coffee helps!

Get some karma. Find those warm fuzzies. You can find more info and donate at

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3 responses to “Make a difference

  1. I have just backpacked through south america for 6 months carrying my insulin from australia and having a great time.unfortunately it is true that many of the local people have no money to buy insulin and die.we are so lucky.i was looking for a way to help

  2. Hey! Love your blog! I got diagnosed w/ diabetes about 5 years ago, I’m 13 now. It’s a struggle for sure I have lots of high bloodsugars, and lows in the middle of the night, and checking constantly is not fun. I just want to be normal. Hopefully there will be a cure soon? 🙂

  3. Pingback: Maximum impact, minimal effort | My Lazy Pancreas

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