Spring campaign asks Canadians "What's in your closet?"

Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline(R) Program challenges Canadians to collect 10 million kilograms this Spring

TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Spring cleaning season is upon us and the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline(R) Program needs your reusable clothing donations to reach its goal of collecting 10 million kilograms across Canada. "What's in your closet?" kicks off April 8 and continues to the end of June. This community driven initiative is also timely as May 30 - June 5, is Canadian Environment Week and your opportunity to help both the Canadian Diabetes Association and our environment.

Donors can schedule a free pick-up right from their door by calling 1-800-505-5525. When donors call and schedule a pick-up by June 11, mentioning the word "closet", they will be entered in a draw for a trip for two to Nassau in the Bahamas*. Clothesline(R) happily accepts reusable clothing, all cloth based items, shoes, boots, books, toys and much more.

"We are very proud to celebrate 25 years of service to communities across Canada," said Janelle Robertson, Executive Director, Business Operations, Canadian Diabetes Association. "This year's spring campaign, like every year, is a crucial component of the Association and would not be possible without our loyal Clothesline(R) donors."

All proceeds from donations are used to support the Canadian Diabetes Association mission of leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. Your generosity helps to support the 3 million Canadians living with diabetes.

Each year, Clothesline(R) diverts more than 41 million kilograms of clothing and household items from our landfills. This translates into a savings of 766 million kWh of energy and reduces our donors' carbon footprint by 105 million kilograms of CO(2) emissions. This energy savings is enough to power more than 42 thousand households for an entire year.

About the Canadian Diabetes Association

Across the country, the Canadian Diabetes Association is leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. We are supported in our efforts by a community-based network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals, researchers and partners. By providing education and services, advocating on behalf of people with diabetes, supporting research and translating research into practical applications - we are delivering on our mission. For more information, please visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

*Some conditions apply, please visit diabetes.ca/clothesline for more details.

SOURCE Canadian Diabetes Association

For further information: For further information: Clayton S. Claveau, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7113, clayton.claveau@diabetes.ca

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