What is Spare a Rose?
In 2013, a group of diabetes advocates from the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) came together to start a project that would support people with diabetes in under-resourced countries. This campaign is Spare a Rose and over the last 9 years, almost USD$400,000 has been raised for Life for a Child, all going to provide insulin and diabetes supplies to children and young adults with type 1 diabetes. In addition to raising funds, Spare a Rose has raised awareness in the diabetes community of this important charity and the great work they do.
2022 heralds a new chapter in the Spare a Rose story.
From 2022, we look at how we can support people with diabetes who 'age out' of childhood and youth programs that have an upper age limit for recipients or who develop diabetes as adults. Type 1 diabetes is incurable, hence the need for insulin and related supplies and care is lifelong.
And so, in February 2022 we launched Spare a Rose, Save a Life.
Donations from the annual Spare a Rose campaign, usually run each February, are now being directed to Insulin for Life, www.insulinforlife.org, a registered charity that provides insulin, other diabetes supplies, education and advocacy to many of the under-resourced countries supported by Life for a Child and our Spare a Rose program. Insulin for Life and Life for a Child already partner on various projects and share the same goals of easing and saving the lives of people with diabetes in disadvantaged regions.
Spare a Rose attracts many smaller donations which, when put together equals many thousands of dollars, showing the impact even the smallest donation can have.
Spare a Rose is a campaign for the community, by the community. Every donation counts. Join us.
Preliminary Report for the February 2022 Spare a Rose, Save a Life Campaign.
Thank you all organisers of, and donors to the first Spare a Rose campaign in partnership with Insulin For Life (IFL).
The Spare a Rose campaign raised awareness of IFL, the inequity of access to diabetes care globally, and how IFL is helping. During the February campaign, 360 individuals from around the world donated AUD$20,900 and AUD$5,000 was donated by corporate donors.
How will these funds be used? In 2022 and early 2023, these funds will support adults with diabetes who age out of youth programs, and to provide supplies to people with adult-onset Type 1 diabetes in disadvantaged regions. Countries in particular need that we are stepping up assistance to are the Philippines and Ethiopia. We will periodically update this page with information and images of what the Spare a Rose program has enabled.
Spare a Rose for Ukraine (March - April 2022)
At the request of the Spare a Rose team, the February campaign was extended for 2-months to collect donations specifically to support people with diabetes affected by events in the Ukraine. Whilst industry and large aid organisations do respond to disasters, there is often a delay of several weeks until this large scale aid becomes available, yet non-government organisations, such as IFL, can and did respond rapidly. We are continuing to respond, sending in weekly shipments.
1,806 individuals donated AUD$204,327. Industry (Medtronic EU, Glooko, Diabeloop, Dexcom and Insulet donated a total of AUD$98,557 to IFL Global in Australia or to IFL USA (depending on tax deductibility requirements). Total donations of AUD$302,884.
As of late April, 71 shipments, 265 boxes (average 10kg), 110,000 mls insulin, 210,000 blood glucose test-strips, 200,000 lancets, 1,800 blood glucose meters, 90,000 insulin syringes or pen needles, 3,500 insulin pens, 6,500 insulin pump consumables and 200 ketone test-strips and thousands of hypoglycaemia treatments were received by multiple sites across Ukraine.
Supplies have been and will continue to be sent to individual hospitals by IFL teams in Europe (Austria, Germany, the Netherlands) and the UK, including additional supplies sent from IFL teams in Australia and the USA. Spare a Rose funds have purchased supplies, paid shipping costs, customs clearance fees and some petrol costs for deliveries to the Ukraine.
Knowledge such as the safe use of non-refrigerated insulin, how to keep insulin cool without a fridge, reuse by individuals of their own insulin syringes, and thanks to the IFL USA team insulin swapping charts has also been provided.
IFL's regular commitments to clinics in other disadvantaged countries have still been met, thanks to other IFL affiliates and the extra supplies received.
IFL provides updates via our social media channels, and will continue to do so. We will also update this Spare a Rose page on www.insulinforlife.org periodically.