As the final Poker chips were being played at the March 29th Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Annual Poker Event – three special community leaders were busy cleaning up and putting equipment away from another successful event that raised $16,500 to help find the cause and cure of Type 1 Diabetes – a disease that impacts over 90,000 Saskatchewan residents.
Over the past several years these three volunteers have played key roles in forming the Southwest Type 1 Sharps Diabetes Group and for planning and implementing a highly successful JDRF TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes that is held in October of each year.
Each year these ladies have sacrificed countless hours away from their families to make these events enjoyable and a quality experience for all those who participated. Not only in Saskatchewan but across Canada their efforts have been acknowledged for being first class events and for reaching new financial milestones each year.
These ladies each have a child with Type 1 Diabetes – so they know first-hand how important it is for families to connect and interact with each other to deal with this challenging disease. The families in Swift Current and surrounding District have greatly benefitted from the vision spearheaded by these gals.
For an organization such as JDRF - volunteers play such an important role in meeting our mission – truly the Southwest District is blessed to have these three Ambassadors championing this important cause.
I’m sure many of you know these ladies and see them in the community volunteering for other organizations – this speaks volumes of their dedication and commitment to enhance the quality of life for so many people in this part of the Province.
On behalf of JDRF we cannot fully express how valuable these ladies are to the Foundation – but we thank them for their tireless efforts and wish them continued success in 2014.
Next time you see Donna Gatzke, Michelle Steinley and Sheena Gatzke – please say "Thank You" for providing the opportunity to those kids living with Type 1 Diabetes to excel and reach their dreams just like you and I.
Randy Durovick - Fundraising Coordinator, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation