Team Diabetes 15th Anniversary Stories
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and this year we’re proudly celebrating an important milestone: the 15th anniversary of Team Diabetes (Team D).
Team D started in 2000 when Diabetes Canada began recruiting community ambassadors and leaders as part of a new exercise-based fundraising program. Ever since, Team D participants have walked and run to help raise funds for life-changing Diabetes Canada research, programs and services.
Driven by early campaigns which challenged runners to fundraise and journey “Around the World on Foot,” Team D participants have traveled to exotic locations, including Reykjavik, Dublin and Rome, generating diabetes awareness and millions of dollars in the process. In total, these campaigns have raised over $36 million in essential funds, and attracted more than 11,000 participants and 14,000 donors to join the fight against diabetes.
Donna Dowsett, national director of Team Diabetes and Events, says Team D plays a critical role in Diabetes Canada’s mission to help the millions of Canadians living with diabetes.
“Team Diabetes is a terrific behavior-modification program and a cornerstone of Diabetes Canada’s fundraising strategy. It compels participants to adopt a healthy lifestyle, take on the role of global ambassador for Diabetes Canada, and become an active participant in fundraising that truly makes a difference for people living with diabetes.”
To celebrate Team D’s 15 exceptional years and the many more yet to come, this Diabetes Awareness Month Diabetes Canada will be highlighting a few of our many Team D all-stars. Tune-in via social media each Thursday in November to learn the stories and motivations driving some of Team D’s dedicated members.