It's simple: buy one less rose this Valentine's Day and donate the value of that flower to a child living with diabetes in a less-resourced country.
Step 1
Spare a Rose

Buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day

Step 2
Donate the cost of that Rose

To the Life for a Child program

Step 3
Save the life of a child

Receive a card to print and give to someone special

Your donation will make a real difference

Poovarasi was 18 years old when she was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes - her younger brother Ruhan was just 13.

The family live in a village in India and would have barely been able to afford the insulin and supplies required for one child with type 1, let alone two. The financial burden would have been impossible for the family to bear.

Thanks to campaigns like Spare a Rose, Life for a Child was able to work with their local diabetes centre to provide the insulin, supplies and education Poovarasi and Ruhan needed.

Their doctor, Professor Thomas said, ‘’They were provided with glucometer and strips from the Life for a Child program and soon excelled in self-monitoring and their HbA1c dropped to near normal levels. The boy soon returned to school and the girl has started to learn tailoring to complement the parents’ income. Now nearly a year following the diagnosis, the family has regained some of the original happiness that they had.’’

Spread the word

Please help raise awareness by using the #SpareARose hashtag on social media.


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What is Spare a Rose?

Initiated by a group of members from the Diabetes Online Community, the Spare a Rose campaign raises funds for the Life for a Child program. The first campaign took place in 2013 and every year since, the community has come together to make a difference in the lives of children living with diabetes in less-resourced countries.

Spare a Rose attracts many smaller donations which, together equal thousands of dollars, showing the impact even the smallest donation can have.

Spare a Rose shows that the diabetes online community takes care of one another, both online and off, around the world.

What is the Life for a Child Program?

In some less-resourced countries young people living with type 1 diabetes are unable to access life-saving insulin, blood glucose testing tools and diabetes education. Life for a Child partners with diabetes centres in countries like Rwanda, Mexico and India to provide these critical supplies to young people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn.

The program currently supports over 18,500 young people in 42 countries. There is so much work still to be done, we estimate that over 100,000 young people still need our help. Together we can achieve our vision that no child should die of diabetes.

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