The JDRF Rockin’ For Research virtual gala raised over $720,000 in support of type 1 diabetes research. (Photo courtesy of JDRF Canada)

The JDRF Rockin’ For Research virtual gala raised over $720,000 in support of type 1 diabetes research. (Photo courtesy of JDRF Canada)

JDRF Rockin’ For Research a virtual life-saver

Virtual gala raises over $720,000 for type 1 diabetes research

A virtual gala is bringing some real support to Canadians with diabetes.

The JDRF Rockin’ For Research virtual gala raised over $720,000 in support of type 1 diabetes research.

ALSO READ: Lagoon artist crafts work for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser

More than 500 people logged in from their living rooms around the province to support the Oct. 17 gala presented by the Sandman Hotel Group.

This year’s virtual event was a completely new experience for guests which included a jam-packed live online show, pre-delivered artisanal cocktail kits, gala themed decor and gourmet catered meals that allowed guests to immerse themselves in the gala experience right from their own living rooms.

“We are so pleased with how the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community responded to this new event format,” said Rockin’ For Research chairperson Stephanie Orr. “We provided guests with a fresh and innovative at-home experience including decor, music, food and a dynamic virtual program that made for a fun night and inspired generosity.”

The fast-paced, energetic virtual experience included diverse, top-notch entertainment featuring performances by Canadian rockers Loverboy, Country Music Artist Ben Klick and sultry Victoria singer Stephanie Greaves (with Darcy Phillips).

Victoria’s Michael Denham stole the audience’s hearts as he and his family shared their story of the six-year-old’s devastating T1D diagnosis and daily struggle to live with the life altering disease.

“We are overwhelmed by the support and encouragement we have received. Donors, sponsors, volunteers and guests alike, you’ve blown us away with your generosity,” said Dayna Backus, the JDRF regional manager for B.C. and the Yukon.

ALSO READ: Type 1 diabetes diagnosis alters life’s journey

If you missed the event, JDRF is keeping the Fund a Cure donation page open at rockinforresearch.com. For more information contact Dayna Backus at dbackus@jdrf.ca or 604-328-6419.


 

Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Just Posted

A report on food security in Sooke reveals that nearly 15 per cent of people in Sooke have trouble getting food on the table. (The Canadian Press)
Food security a growing challenge in Sooke

‘This isn’t going to get any better if we don’t do anything about it’

A health-care worker takes part in HeArt Therapy session conducted by Shirley artist Sheila Thomas. (Contributed - Lorrie Beauchamp)
A creative ‘thanks’ to Vancouver Island’s essential workers

Artist Sheila Thomas creates therapy art session for workers on pandemic’s frontlines

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Greater Victoria with unusually high temperatures expected Monday and this coming weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria’s first week of summer will be a scorcher

Special weather statement issued Monday by Environment Canada

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

Police are looking for witnesses and video footage after a crash on June 18. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
West Shore RCMP looking for videos related to Corvette crash

Driver believed to have fled the scene of View Royal crash

Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)
VIDEO: Metchosin singer-songwriter Jesse Roper invites gardeners into his plot

What’s In My Garden, Man? kicks off with the poop on compost

The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)
Coquihalla to get upgrades to aging washrooms

The Ministry of Transportation is providing $1 million in funding to upgrade 3 rest areas

The Crofton trailer park home where the bodies of two people were found. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mom still waiting for answers after daughter and her fiance found dead in Crofton

Pair discovered dead in their Crofton home in May identified as Rachel Gardner and Paul Jenkins

By the end of life, the average North American has eaten the weight of a family sedan in sugar. (Pixabay.com)
FITNESS: Living the sweet life without too much sugar

Simple choices can have a major impact on your health

The Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Monday morning. (Theresa May Jack/Facebook)
Two churches on First Nation land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

In the first election with public money replacing corporate or union donations, B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan take part in election debate at the University of B.C., Oct. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. MLAs ponder 2022 ‘sunset’ of subsidy for political parties

NDP, B.C. Fed call for increase, B.C. Liberals have no comment

Most Read