Q: What is Spare a Rose, Save a Child?

A: Spare a Rose, Save a Child is an online effort that raises money and awareness for IDF’s Life for a Child program, which provides life-saving diabetes supplies to children in developing countries. Initiated by a group of members from the Diabetes Online Community in 2013, the idea behind this effort is simple: people are encouraged take the typical “dozen roses,” so popular on Valentine’s Day, and donate the value of one rose to spare the life of a child.

Q: What is the International Diabetes Federation?

A: The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. The mission of the International Diabetes Federation is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

Q: What is Life for a Child?

A: Life for a Child is an innovative and sustainable support program in which individuals, families and organizations contribute monetary or in-kind donations to help children with diabetes in developing countries. The International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child program was established in 2000 with support from the Australian Diabetes Council and HOPE worldwide.

Q: What did the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) achieve through previous year’s Spare a Rose efforts?

A: Since the start of Spare a Rose in 2013, with your help, we raised $55,844 and provided a year of life to more than 1,000 children worldwide.

Q: How can I help?

A: There are two, easy ways you can help:

  1. Make a Donation
  2. Spread the WordDuring the first two weeks of February (1-14), please help raise awareness for “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” by blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, etc. about the effort. We encourage you to use the marketing materials we’ve provided and reference this FAQ page as you help us spread the word. Our goal this year is to engage people outside of the DOC too, so don’t forget to reach out to your family, friends, and colleagues.

Q: Who is Partnering for Diabetes Change?

A: Partnering for Diabetes Change (P4DC) is a coalition of people living with diabetes and industry representatives aiming to address unmet needs in diabetes through community and collaboration. Through our work, we seek to validate the role of peer support in diabetes management, address the stigma of diabetes, and ultimately support underserved communities. Learn more about us by visiting our website.