17 SEP 2018: Uniglobe Travel Eastern Canada celebrated 25 years of raising funds for good causes last week at its annual fall golf tournament. Close to 60 Uniglobe members and friends in the trade turned out to The Carrying Place Golf and Country Club north of Toronto for a spectacular day on the links, but also to support a cause near and dear to the heart of Uniglobe director of marketing and supplier relations Sonia McKeon, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“We support the JDRF because I have two children with Type 1 diabetes (T1D),” Mckeon told Travel Industry Today. “Both my kids were diagnosed when they were seven years old, they are now 20 and 22. The hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life when they were diagnosed was to hold them down and jab them four to five times a day with the insulin needles. The technology on the delivery of the insulin has come a long way since they were diagnosed, but insulin is not a cure, it’s a band-aid. As my kids are older, it’s still a constant worry – this is a 24/7 disease that they must stay on top of constantly. Everything effects their blood sugar levels – what they eat, what they drink, exercise, sports, etc. it’s a constant battle!”

T1D, McKeon notes, is the leading cause of amputations, blindness, kidney and heart disease, and other debilitating conditions.

This year, McKeon and Uniglobe’s efforts at the golf and dinner event, which included a raffle and silent auction, raised $11,250 for the Foundation. In over 20 years of supporting JDRF, Uniglobe, and McKeon personally, have raised $225,000. Prior to the diabetes foundation, the tourney raised money for Easter Seals.

 

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