A Community Champion - Bottles 4 Diabetes
March 8, 2017
Bottles 4 Diabetes started small. Soon after a young boy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, his family took on the challenge to help eradicate the disease. The diagnosis spurred an ongoing program to raise money to help find a cure. In 2008, the family of five began collecting beverage containers from neighbours and friends and brought them to their local Alberta Depot. Once the depot heard their story they offered to have a donation bin placed on their property to help raise funds. Word quickly spread and the Bottles 4 Diabetes team now collects beverage containers from over 50 businesses in Calgary. All of the funds go directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association to help fund research, send kids to camp and help families without insurance purchase diabetes specific supplies.
Bottles 4 Diabetes became a Community Champions Program partner in 2015. Since joining the program, they’ve collected over 110,000 containers. They use the funds from the Community Champions Program grant to purchase bins and bags to place in businesses throughout Calgary. A pick up schedule is arranged with each business and the Bottles 4 Diabetes team collect the containers, bring them to the depot and then bring the cash to the Canadian Diabetes Association. In April 2016, the Bottles 4 Diabetes family received the Canadian Diabetes 2016 National Volunteer of the Year Award for raising over $89,000 since program inception.