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11 February 2021


Basel, Switzerland

Ascensia Diabetes Care, a leading global diabetes care company and the maker of the CONTOUR® range of blood glucose monitoring systems, has once again decided to support the Spare A Rose campaign, organized by Life for a Child, for the fourth consecutive year.

The Spare a Rose campaign encourages people to donate the $5 cost of each rose they would have given to someone on Valentine’s Day to Life for a Child. Life for a Child believes that no child should die of diabetes and this campaign is critical to help it achieve this goal. The funds raised from the campaign enable the charity to partner with diabetes centers in countries such as Mauritania, Jamaica and India to provide critical supplies, including insulin and testing supplies, as well as much needed diabetes education. Every $5 dollars equates to one month’s supply of insulin for a young person and the program currently supports over 22,000 young people in 43 countries.

Ascensia has committed to match their employees’ donations up to a maximum of one rose for every one of the company’s 1,700 employees. To date Ascensia and its employees have collectively donated over $40,000 to Spare A Rose, making it the largest corporate supporter for this campaign to date. This donation is equivalent to providing life-saving insulin supplies to almost 670 children for a year, who otherwise would have nowhere else to turn.

Rob Schumm, President of Ascensia Diabetes Care, explained: “While people around the world will be buying flowers and cards for their loved one this Valentine’s Day, many of our employees will be choosing instead to donate to the Spare A Rose campaign. This is testament to how many employees at Ascensia are passionate about making a difference to the lives of people living with diabetes, both professionally and personally.”

Dr. Graham Ogle, General Manager of Life for Child, explained the importance of companies providing support for Spare a Rose: “The tremendous efforts from employees at Ascensia has had a huge impact on our ability to save the lives of children with diabetes across the world. Many children in less resourced countries are walking a tightrope with their diabetes management and often do not have the basic supplies to keep them alive. Through the generous employee donations and company matching we have received from Ascensia, we are able to provide crucial supplies and education that enable more children to have access to the care they need for their diabetes.”

Rob continued: “We are proud to have been an avid supporter of this worthwhile campaign, which not only raises funds for insulin and testing equipment, but importantly also helps to highlight the plight of many children with diabetes in countries, where they do not have access to these essential supplies. The work of Life for a Child is literally saving the lives of children around the world and I implore more people to donate, so that together we can make a difference.”

Donations to Spare a Rose can be made at https://lfacinternational.org/sparearose/


Notes for Editors

About Ascensia Diabetes Care

Ascensia Diabetes Care is a global company focused entirely on helping people with diabetes. Our mission is to empower those living with diabetes through innovative solutions that simplify and improve their lives.

We are home to the world renowned CONTOUR® portfolio of blood glucose monitoring systems and the exclusive global distribution partner for the Eversense® continuous glucose monitoring systems from Senseonics. These products combine advanced technology with user-friendly functionality to help people with diabetes manage their condition and make a positive difference to their lives. As a trusted partner in the diabetes community, we collaborate closely with healthcare professionals and other partners to ensure our products meet the highest standards of accuracy, precision and reliability, and that we conduct our business compliantly and with integrity.

Ascensia is a member of the PHC Group and was established in 2016 through the sale of Bayer Diabetes Care to PHC Holdings (formerly Panasonic Healthcare). Ascensia products are sold in more than 125 countries. Ascensia has around 1,700 employees and operations in 31 countries.

For further information, please visit the Ascensia Diabetes Care website at: http://www.ascensia.com

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For more information, please contact:

Annabel Watson                                                                       
Global Communications Manager                                              


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