Sun Life partners with JDRF to raise funds for diabetes research

Insurer to also hold an event featuring fitness challenges

Sun Life partners with JDRF to raise funds for diabetes research

Non-Profits & Charities

By Lyle Adriano

Sun Life Financial, together with JDRF Canada, is holding a corporate fitness event to raise funding for type 1 diabetes research.

The event, called the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF, invites participants to an hour-long event where they can join fitness and fundraising challenges. Participants can choose to join activities such as spinning on a stationary bike, yoga stretching, and fitness classes – top performers and collective achievements during the event will be recognized.

Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF aims to raise $1.6 million for JDRF Canada, an organization that directs type 1 diabetes research funding.

“This year we are bringing the excitement and energy of our Ride event to people’s homes and giving corporate Canada a unique way to come together for team building fun, to enjoy a healthy break during the busy work day, and, most importantly, to turn type 1 diabetes into type none,” said JDRF Canada president and CEO Dave Prowten.

Prowten added that research and support for those living with type 1 diabetes cannot stop, and that JDRF is relying on corporate Canada to help the charity raise enough funding for that goal.

“There are over 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes. We know the impact it can have on people’s lives. That’s why we have donated $32 million globally to programs that support diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research since 2012,” said Sun Life Quebec president and CEO Robert Dumas. “The Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes is a great opportunity for people across Canada to connect and raise money for type 1 diabetes research and care initiatives. Sun Life is proud to sponsor the Ride and help Canadians live healthier lives.”

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