Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Food Fare family fundraising for diabetes

Selling blue circles out of stores for Canadian Diabetes Association

  • Print
Moe Zeid, who has Type 2 diabetes, is helping the Canadian Diabetes Association raise money for programs and services by selling blue circles for the CDA’s Blue Circle Campaign at his Winnipeg Food Fare stores.

CINDY CHAN Enlarge Image

Moe Zeid, who has Type 2 diabetes, is helping the Canadian Diabetes Association raise money for programs and services by selling blue circles for the CDA’s Blue Circle Campaign at his Winnipeg Food Fare stores. Photo Store

A Winnipeg family has teamed up with the Manitoba/Nunavut region of the Canadian Diabetes Association in the fight against diabetes.

The CDA’s latest fundraising initiative is the Blue Circle Campaign. The Zeid family, which owns five Food Fare locations in Winnipeg, has partnered up with the CDA to sell blue circles at its stores for $2 during the month of April, but customers can pay more if they want. Each of the five Food Fare stores were given 500 blue circles for customers to purchase. Customers can then write their name, and a note about someone they know who has diabetes, on their purchased circle, which is placed on a wall in the store.

"The money raised will go back to the Canadian Diabetes Association," said Andrea Kwasnicki, the regional director of the Manitoba/Nunavut chapter of the CDA. "At this time, (Food Fare) is the only store that is doing it this month."

The Zeid family jumped on board with the campaign because Moe Zeid, one of the owners, has Type 2 diabetes.

"We have to help each other. It doesn’t matter if I have it or don’t have it. We have to help each other as humans," Zeid said.

Diagnosed about 22 years ago, Zeid said he found out he was diabetic while he was on vacation for a wedding.

"I took a suit with me and it was a little tight," Zeid said. "I drank a lot of water and went to the bathroom a lot. When the wedding started, I was two to three inches bigger."

Kwasnicki said the money raised from the Blue Circle Campaign goes towards the CDA programs and services.

"We run a camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes. We send 90 children to a diabetes camp every year," Kwasnicki said. "We do public education in the community, as well as providing workplace initiatives such as risk assessment."

Blue circles can be purchased at the following five Food Fare locations: 2285 Portage Ave., 905 Portage Ave., 247 Lilac St., 115 Maryland St., and 839 Cavalier Dr.

Facebook.com/TheMetroWPG
Twitter: @metroWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

How many Fringe shows have you attended or plan to attend this year?

View Results