Sturbridge Rotary Donates to Help Kids With Diabetes

The Sturbridge Rotary Club awarded $5,000 to The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, 30 Ennis Road in North Oxford, MA.  The donation was used to support expenses associated with operating their programs including medical expenses, supplies, food, and so much more.

“We are fortunate to be the recipient of Sturbridge Rotary’s gift,” said Lindsay McCarthy, Associate Director, Director of Grants and Events.  “Rotary understands the impact felt by children with diabetes.”

The mission of The Barton Center is to improve the lives of children with insulin-dependent diabetes through education, recreation and support programs which inspire and empower. For over 86 years, The Barton Center has provided a summer-long residential camp program for children with type 1 diabetes at Clara Barton Camp.  The Barton Center significantly expanded its services in 2010 to include a second residential camp, Camp Joslin, in Charlton, MA.  The Barton Center also operates an adventure program, family camp, Vermont Overnight Camp, day camps in NY, CT and MA, and a wide array of year-round educational programs for children, families, and caregivers. All Barton programs promote proper diabetes management and health enhancement strategies in a safe environment. 

“We’re happy to help support The Barton Center with funds from our Educational Trust account,” said Rotary Past-President Bob White.  “One of Sturbridge Rotary’s areas of focus is youth which also includes support for managing health issues.  Barton offers so many programs to help children with diabetes that funding toward their efforts was a perfect fit for us.”

The Sturbridge Rotary Club has been providing humanitarian service to the local and international community for over 45 years.  The Club addresses many of today’s most critical issues including hunger, as well as support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students and professionals.  For more information on what Sturbridge Rotary does, visit www.sturbridgerotary.org.  Also check out the Club’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sturbridgerotary.

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