Crafting a Cure for JDRF gears up

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By Shawna O'Neill
Crafting a Cure for JDRF gears up
Pictured are Crafting a Cure volunteer Shawna O'Neill, Chairman Bill Makinson and Stafanie Rosenblatt-Bergman of JDRF (Nick Seebruch/Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – It’s that time of year again, when your favourite fall fundraisers return for another year of fun and giving back to the community. For its seventh year in a row, Crafting a Cure is inviting you to pour up a glass for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Nav Centre.

“I’m looking forward to this year and hope it will be even bigger and better,” said Bill Makinson, Chairperson of the event.

Makinson will be chairing the event for the second year in a row, taking over from original founders Jeff and Cherie Lalonde, who have children that live with type one diabetes.

“It was important for me to take on this role because JDRF and juvenile diabetes is not talked about too much in this community, so the awareness is important,” said Makinson.

Last year’s fundraiser raised $25,000 for the organization. More than 300,000 Canadians live with type one diabetes. The autoimmune disease currently has no cure and can lower the life expectancy of those that it affects by approx. 16 years. A representative from the foundation will be in attendance at the event to answer any questions.

Back by popular demand, The Shiners will be serenading guests as they indulge in a huge lineup of breweries, including local favourites like Rurban, Humble Beginnings, Kings Locke and Windmill Point. Auctioneer Peter Ross will also show his talents and host a live auction. A silent auction and food provided by the Nav Centre will also be available.

“(Last year) for the first year taking it over, Nav Centre staff made it easy for us to sit back and watch the people dance to the music of The Shiners, watch people have a good time…overall, the committee was wonderful to work with, we saw new faces and beer vendors,” said Makinson.

Makinson thanked some of this year’s sponsors, Nav Centre, MacEwen and Clean All. Any businesses interested in sponsoring the event or donating to the auctions are encouraged to message Makinson on Facebook.

Tickets are currently on sale for $60 at Rurban and ShortLine Convenience, as well as online here.

For more information, visit the Crafting a Cure 2019 Facebook page here.

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