Volume 95, Issue 57

Tuesday, January 15, 2002
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Tories to deny Queen's deregulation

Charity Ball takes on diabetes

Liz Witmer kisses USC ass, promises change

UWO clubs raise funds for starving Afghans

Crazy-ass drives concern UPD

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Charity Ball takes on diabetes

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

Ticket sales for this year's Charity Ball kicked off in the University Community Centre atrium yesterday with proceeds supporting the Canadian Diabetes Association and Jesse's Journey.

University Students' Council VP-student affairs Wes Brown warned students the annual event's popularity meant the $35 tickets would move fast. "I suggest you buy them sooner rather than later," he said.

This year's theme blends a classy Parisian look with a 'Moulin Rouge'-style feel, Brown said, though he stressed the primary importance of the event is providing support for the charities.

George Clark, president of the London branch of the CDA, stressed the widespread effects of diabetes. "The World Health Organization tells us if five per cent of the population is diagnosed with a disease, it's an epidemic," he said.

Two million people in Canada have diabetes, which translates into seven per cent of the population, Clark added.

"The good news is the research is making a difference. That's why we seek your support," he said.

Clark also spoke out against the misconception that diabetes is not a life threatening disease. "Don't tell the two million people and their families that it's not fatal," he said. "Diabetes does kill."

John Davidson spoke on behalf of London charity Jesse's Journey, a project of The Foundation for Gene and Cell Therapy. Davidson's son Jesse was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a severe genetic disease, in 1986.

"Jesse is certainly the spark-plug in all that I have been involved with in the last six or seven years," Davidson said. "We have to invest in our kids. We have to do everything we can to give them the best quality of life.

"We've provided grant money to researchers like those from Western. The research we've done in all likelihood will not be in time for Jesse, but if we can't do it for Jesse, lets make sure we can for people like [him and] buy tickets to the Charity Ball," Davidson said.

USC Charity Ball commissioner Ann Ranson announced several events leading up to the Ball, including a pub at The Wave on Friday, a fashion show also at The Wave on Jan. 30 and a sponsorship display in the UCC atrium from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1.

The sponsorship display will allow Ball-goers the chance to take part in a silent auction for Raptors tickets, a night at the London Hilton and more, Ranson said.

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