HOW TO BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR DIABETES ALIVE
We are all aware that Diabetes is now a global health epidemic, however you would be surprised to know that many people don’t have a basic understanding of Diabetes, and how it can lead to serious, life threatening health conditions and even death.
If you are a diabetic, or you know someone that has diabetes, whether it is type 1, or type 2, and you would like to be an advocate for raising awareness, there are many ways this can be achieved.
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Being a diabetic, or living with someone who lives with this chronic disease, at times can face certain stigma. Some people feel embarrassed, or even fear to openly speak about their condition and the daily struggles, and challenges they face living with Diabetes.
However, this can be one of the most powerful tools, being open and honest, can really inspire others while at the same time educate them and give them insights about diabetes. Another great way to educate people, about Diabetes, is to speak to family and friends, offer to speak at school assembly or community group gatherings and organisations.
You can also continue to raise more awareness in your local area, and even further through your state, this can quiet easily be achieved by participating in local events or fundraisers.
If you would like more information on how to become a registered volunteer for Diabetes Alive, please contact us, and one of our staff, would be more than happy to assist you.
Fundraising is the core of our organisation, through this vehicle, we are able to continue our work, in raising awareness, supporting advocacy and also supporting much needed research to find a cure.
Diabetes Alive has many ways you can help. Here are a few DIY suggestions from some of our current volunteers:
- Bake sales
- Community walk, ride or run
- Morning tea fund raiser at work, school or college
- Car wash–get your friends together and have a fun day washing cars fundraising-
- Casual day–ask people at your work or school to pay to dress casual for a day
- Dinner party–ask your friends/family to come around for dinner and charge $20 p/head
- Dollar for dollar–ask your boss to match what you raise
- Guessing Game– guess the weight of something, how many lollies in a jar, the height of someone, be as creative as you like.
- Melbourne Cup day–hold a lunch, charge per head and give prizes for best hat or best dressed
- Office collection–stick a pot on your desk with notices telling people what you’re raising money for and remind your colleagues that it’s for a good cause
- Spelling bee–grab a dictionary and hold challenges in your office, club or home
- Treasure hunt–place prizes around your home or park and charge an admission to play
- Donation Box– If you have a café, restaurant, shop front, or any place of gathering and would like to place one of our donation box’s in your venue, please contact our office and we would be more than happy to drop one off, or send one out to you in the mail.
Remember that everybody’s effort adds up, when we all participate as one, a collective shift takes place. Getting involved in any type of advocacy towards diabetes and raising further awareness, regardless of how big or small will bring us one step closer to finding a cure.