Fundraiser will make a dif­fer­ence for chil­dren with di­a­betes

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A fundraiser which helps send South­west kids to Di­a­betes Camp was for­mally kicked off at the Swift Cur­rent Pharmasave this past Thurs­day.

Pharmasave’s Blue Cir­cle Cam­paign runs for the en­tire month of Novem­ber, and the fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive was cer­e­mo­ni­ally launched by Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault buy­ing the first Blue Cir­cle. Novem­ber is Di­a­betes Aware­ness Month, so Pharmasave is sell­ing $2 Blue Cir­cles un­til Novem­ber 30 in sup­port of an ini­tia­tive to send young­sters to Saskatchewan Chil­dren’s Camp op­er­ated by Di­a­betes Canada.

“Ev­ery $2 counts. Ev­ery sin­gle dona­tion adds up, and pretty soon you have a whole bunch of money that’s avail­able to send a whole bunch of kids to camp,” ex­plained Jah­naya Mann, store op­er­a­tor at the Swift Cur­rent Pharmasave.

She noted they are aim­ing to sell $6,000 worth of Blue Cir­cles and sur­pass the to­tal raised by an­other prairie Pharmasave lo­ca­tion last year.

Di­a­betes Canada points out their ac­tual cost per camper for a week at D-camp is $3,000, so sub­si­dies and fundrais­ers play a big role in help­ing send kids to camp.

“It’s very cost pro­hib­i­tive for peo­ple that al­ready have a lot of costs in their life just to han­dle and man­age the dis­ease. So it’s one way that we can just bring a lit­tle bit of ex­tra joy and help them ex­pe­ri­ence the things that they should get to ex­pe­ri­ence as chil­dren,” Mann added.

Swift Cur­rent’s Jonas Schultz, who has at­tended Saskatchewan’s Di­a­betes Camp at Christo­pher Lake north of Prince Al­bert for the past two sum­mers, at­tended the kick off event with his mother Cindy Schultz to share the im­por­tance of the camp.

“It was an op­por­tu­nity for him to be able to be just like ev­ery other kid,” Cindy Schultz said.

“Be­cause ev­ery child there has type 1 di­a­betes, and most of the coun­cil­lors do as well, it re­ally gives them the com­mu­nity that they need be­cause there’s lit­tle sta­tions that they have at ev­ery­thing that they do that has low treat­ments and has mon­i­tors for them to be able to check.”

Jonas was six-year-old when he was di­ag­nosed with Type 1 di­a­betes, and his four and a half year jour­ney with di­a­betes has been a con­stant ef­fort of carb count­ing, watch­ing what he eats, blood test­ing and in­sulin doses.

She pointed out that it is often con­cern­ing for par­ents to send their chil­dren on out­ings be­cause of the at­ten­tion needed to mon­i­tor their blood sug­ars.

“It can be ter­ri­fy­ing when you first send your kid some­where be­cause you don’t know if he’s go­ing to be safe there,” she said. “Dur­ing the night, dur­ing the day, we have to be con­stantly vig­i­lant.”

Jonas said he en­joyed meet­ing chil­dren who also have di­a­betes.

“I have one (friend) here who lives in Swift Cur­rent who I just met this year. He was in my cabin, and we were prob­a­bly the sil­li­est ones.”

“It’s pretty much like a nor­mal camp, but they just have lit­tle sta­tions set up around the camp. Like dur­ing big games that we play, there’ll be lit­tle sta­tions set up with juice boxes, rock­ets and test­ing kits.”

Mayor Per­rault, who was di­ag­nosed with Type 1 di­a­betes on June 1, 1995, at the age of 17, said there is never a day off for a di­a­betic.

“Since that time, its 8,517 days with­out a day off as far as test­ing…and about 60,000 test strips and about tens of thou­sands of nee­dles.”

In­di­vid­u­als wish­ing to sup­port the Blue Cir­cle Cam­paign can make a dona­tion at Swift Cur­rent’s Pharmasave. Peo­ple can also sup­port Di­a­betes Canada dur­ing Di­a­betes Aware­ness Month by mak­ing a dona­tion at 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) or on­line at di­a­betes. ca/do­nate.

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault helped kick off the Blue Cir­cle Cam­paign at the Swift Cur­rent Pharmasave lo­ca­tion on Novem­ber 1. As­sist­ing with the cam­paign launch event were Leah Per­rault, Jonas Schultz, Cindy Schultz, Jah­naya Mann and Shar Nickol.

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