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Castanet joins hands with JDRF to raise funds and awareness for juvenile diabetes – Kelowna News

camping out for diabetics

madison erhardto

Castanet is participating in a unique fundraiser in support of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) starting April 4.

JDRF is a leader in leading research into the treatment of type 1 diabetes in the world. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.

“I’m going to camp here for three nights and stay here for four days to raise awareness for our fundraiser for diabetes,” said Robin Jones, Castanet’s creative director.

Jones would spend 24 hours a day on the terrace of Castanet and would sleep in a tent overnight.

“I have planned some events. With the help of the JDRF, we have the fire department going and bringing us some coffee and donuts, the RCMP is getting involved and we are also going to have a fun day out for the kids and the staff. I expect to have a lot of employees with me these days.”

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JDRF development manager Shannon Jolly says this year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin in Canada.

“To celebrate that anniversary, we have this amazing fundraiser coming up. It’s called Let’s Make History Again. In 1990, there was a Toronto guy named Peter Oliver and he came up with this crazy idea for a fundraiser. And he climbed on a pole, and stayed there and collected a lot of money.”

“We’ve decided we’re going to do it all over again, so from April 4th we’ve got five people across Canada going to this flag pole and basically staying there for 100 hours for four and a half days to raise money. Going to type 1 diabetes research,” Jolly said.

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During Castanet’s fundraiser, donors will be drawn into a draw to win multiple prizes, including tickets to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa.

“If you want to donate there will be links on as well as you can fall off the building and wave and say hello. We will have the link posted on the side of the building. You just enter a QR code.” scan and donate,” Jones said.

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