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In 1920 in the early hours of the morning, Dr. Frederick Banting came up with a hypothesis at his home in London, Ont., which led to the discovery of insulin.

Two years later at a Toronto hospital 180 km away, lives and history were forever changed when a young boy with diabetes received the first insulin injection.

On November 14, unite with us for World Diabetes Day. Make time to help us move one step closer to a cure by taking part in Unite the Circle Challenge, a fundraising event in support of Diabetes Canada. The blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the rising number of people affected by diabetes.

Be one of 30 communities from coast to coast to coast to complete 6 km as part of our collective (and symbolic) goal of 180 km. Join on your own and raise $1,000, or form a team and raise a total of $3,000, and you’ll receive a commemorative toque and blue torch. Our goal of $90,000 will fund research for innovative and life-changing treatments and ultimately, to find a cure to End Diabetes. 


As an individual, you will finish a 6 km run or walk that could happen in your neighbourhood or on your favourite walking or running route. As a team captain, you will lead your group in achieving your 6 km challenge. For recruiting and fundraising tips, download our Unite the Circle Guide.


On November 14, carry your blue torch on your route to raise awareness about diabetes and the time required to manage this chronic condition. Light your community blue by 8 p.m. (EST).


Upload a video telling us why you’re making time to create awareness and raise funds in support of the almost 12 million people impacted by diabetes.


Include @DiabetesCanada and the #unitethecircle hashtag in your posts.

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Unite the Circle Challenge

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October 01, 2023 - November 15, 2023

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Categories: Fundraising Event