Ascensia once again supports Valentine’s diabetes campaign

By Editor
14th February 2020

A leading global diabetes care company will once again support this years’ Spare a Rose campaign which helps provide insulin, education and supplies to children with the condition.

For the third year running Ascensia Diabetes Care has pledged its support to Life for a Child‘s Valentine’s Day initiative, which encourages people to buy at least one less rose and instead donate the cost to help the organisation provide diabetes supplies to young people with diabetes in need around the world.

Life for a Child believes that no child should die of diabetes and Spare a Rose is the flagship fundraising campaign which aims to deliver on this goal.

Just one $5 (£3.84) donation can provide a month’s supply of insulin, and the project currently supports more than 21,000 people in 42 countries worldwide.

Ascensia is encouraging its employees to donate to the campaign and will match their donations, up to a maximum of $8,500 (£6,522.05 ), representing one rose per employee.

In the last two years, Ascensia has been the top corporate donor to the campaign, contributing more than $23,000 (£17,647.90) through a combination of employee and corporate donations.

Robert Schumm, Diabetes Management Domain Head and Head of BGM Business at Ascensia, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Life for a Child for the third time, as we believe in the ability of this campaign to change the lives of young people with diabetes. The work of Life for a Child is nothing short of exceptional. They are saving the lives of children across the world by providing supplies that they cannot otherwise access.

As a company that specialises only in diabetes, we are committed to supporting this community as a trusted partner. It is very important that we stay true to, and find ways to genuinely live, our values, and this is just one of many ways that we can do that.”

Dr Graham Ogle, General Manager of Life for a Child, said: ” It’s only thanks to generous donors like the team at Ascensia that we can do what we do. With this combined support, we have been able to preserve the lives of thousands of children and young people around the world with type 1 diabetes, who would have otherwise struggled to access the care they need to manage this very challenging health problem.”

Rob added: “It is important to use the platform that we have to effect positive change, not only within our company and locally, but around the world. As a leader in diabetes care, we also want to set an example to others in the diabetes community. I urge companies and individuals in the community and beyond to come together to donate, so that together we can save the lives of many children around the world.”

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