JDRF received $82,500
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was founded in 1974 by parents of childrendiagnosed with diabetes. They realized that the only way to find a cure for this disease was through the support of research. Their commitment and undying passion has kept JDRF at the forefront of all major advances in diabetes research since the discovery of insulin.
Juvenile (Type 1) diabetes is a disease that attacks infants, children and young adults. It strikes suddenly and leaves its victims insulin dependent for the remainder of their lives. But insulin does not cure any form of diabetes, nor does it prevent the onset of complications that include blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and amputation.
Big Brother / Big Sister received $27,500
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary and Area is thrilled and honoured to be chosen as a beneficiary of the 2005 12th Annual Oilympics Break-Cup Hockey Tournament.
Our organization has a strong commitment and history of providing mentoring to children in our community. The agency has always held paramount the value in supporting the children of Calgary and Area as they grow into contributing and resilient citizens: by matching adult volunteers with children who have a need for one to one mentoring relationships. We strive to make an early and preventative impact on the development of the child. Mentoring can make a difference to the life of the mentor, the family and the child, forever.
Our Mission: to enrich the lives of children through mentoring
This is accomplished through the expertise provided through our national affiliation, our professional staff and community partnerships like the Oilypmpics. These joint commitments bring life to mentoring and meet the increasing needs Calgaryâ€™s children.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgaryâ€™s recent Achievements and Successes:
- Expanding the traditional Big Brother/Big Sister program
- Initiating new programs including Big Couples, Cops for Kids, In-School Mentoring, our new Between Generations in-school program for seniors, and soon a Teen Mentoring Program.
- Enjoying 10 years of successful one-to-one mentoring in the Calgary community in 2004 and over 30 years under the banner of Aunts and Uncles at Large
- Celebrating 438 mentoring matches at the end of our 2003/2004 fiscal year and serving over 750 children.
- Providing Child Safety Training and organizing activities and outings for children on the waitlist to keep them informed, engaged and connected.
â€œItâ€™s really been wonderful having a Big Sister. I donâ€™t know what I would be like if Tamara wasnâ€™t in my life because she has done so much for me. I really appreciate our friendship. Big Sisters and Big Brothers have really helped people come together, grow, learn and have fun.â€
- Little Sister of the Year 2003-2004, Jaime
â€œMy mentor is the most amazing person in all my life.â€
- a child in our In-School Program
Our Vision: that every child in our community who needs a mentor has a mentor.