CORNWALL, Ontario – Returning for its fifth year in a row, Crafting a Cure took over the NAV Centre on the evening of Friday, November 3, to offer a fun-filled chance for people to support research and awareness for juvenile diabetes through their enthusiasm for hops and barley.
The local craft beer tasting event now features 17 breweries, and one winery. With brewers coming from across Canada, many from the local area, the evening gives people the chance to sample the best in local craft beer, while learning about and supporting research for type 1 juvenile diabetes.
“All the money we raise goes to JDRF,” said lead organizer Jeff Lalonde, referring to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “Tonight’s been a fantastic go…it’s a full house, everybody’s having a good time.”
“We’ve had some cheque donations we weren’t expecting tonight, so that’s been great,” said Lalonde.
Guests were treated to food, craft beer, and talks from people living with type 1 juvenile diabetes, such as Tiffany Hayes, author of the popular Travelling Pint Beer Blog. Hayes has lived most of her life with the illness, and gone on to travel the world.
Jeff, and wife Cherie were inspired in 2012 to start Crafting a Cure, since the issue hit a bit close to home. Both of Jess and Cherie’s two children have been diagnosed, and are living with type 1 juvenile diabetes.
“Community support has been absolutely phenomenal. Every year we’ve raised about $5000 more. It’s really the community that has helped make this a successful event,” said Lalonde.