Canadian Diabetes Association Needs Your Support to Collect 1 Million Kilograms of Clothing

    March 2007: With the 'spring cleaning season' around the corner, the Canadian Diabetes Association needs help from the local community to reach a goal of collecting 1 million kilograms of clothing across the country this spring through its Clothesline(R) program.

    Clothing donations to Clothesline(R) are accepted through a number of channels. Individuals can call 1-800-505-5525 to schedule a free pick-up; donate clothing and linens at any one of the programs red drop boxes located throughout communities across Canada or donate items by visiting their nearest donation centre. In 2006, through the program, more than 40 million kilograms of clothing was diverted from landfills.

    "The winter months are a tough time for us to obtain clothing donations. We really depend on the public's generosity to ensure funds are raised for the over two million Canadians with diabetes," says Peter Goral, Vice President of Business Operations, Canadian Diabetes Association. "The donation of clothing and linens is an easy way for the public to help the Association accomplish its goals."

    The Association has dedicated millions of dollars towards diabetes research and forming new research partnerships to better understand the complexities of diabetes and ultimately provide a cure. Ongoing advocacy successes have provided improved care both provincially and federally. The Association additionally operates 14 camps, serving over 1,600 children and families across Canada. All of which rely heavily on the proceeds raised through Clothesline(R).

    "We are very grateful to our donors and are hopeful with the assistance of the community that we can attain our goal," says Goral.

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works to prevent diabetes and improve the quality of life for those affected, through research, education, service and advocacy. With a presence in more than 150 communities, the Canadian Diabetes Association's strong network of assistance includes volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals and partners. To learn more about Clothesline(R) and the other environmental programs offered by the Association, please call 1-800-505-5525 or visit www.diabetes.ca.

    Source: Canadian Diabetes Association