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Brady Reid is hoping to become a member of Team Diabetes Canada.
HALIFAX, N.S. — Brady Reid enjoys a good challenge.
The 18-year-old from Corner Brook has always recognized a challenge when he sees one.
Diabetes is a challenge for more than nine million Canadians. Staying active and living healthy is also a challenge for millions more people across the country. Hiking kilometres of mountainous terrain is a physical task not everybody can overcome. Contributing to ones community is an arduous chore in the busy lives of most people. Fundraising has become an onerous endeavour for groups and causes just about everywhere.
For the first-year Saint Mary’s University student, all those things are one big challenge he is striving to conquer in the coming months.
Reid has signed on to be a member of Team Diabetes Canada — a national activity fundraising program for the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Helping a charitable organization or fundraising team is nothing new for the recent graduate of Corner Brook Regional High. He was an active student and community member throughout his time in Corner Brook, leading the cause on such initiatives as the student council and the school’s breakfast club. His work earned him the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief of Police Newfoundland and Labrador Community Service Award earlier this year.
“Volunteering and fundraising is something I am used to,” he said. “It is something I like doing, and I am really passionate about raising awareness and money.”
In August 2014, Reid is planning to be part of a contingent looking to “conquer” the trail, Machu Piccho.
Team members who raise $7,500 will travel to Peru, and physically challenge themselves on a gruelling 16-kilometre hike. Being from western Newfoundland, Reid knows all about beautiful countryside and scenic hikes. He is very much looking forward to seeing another part of the world.
The young man does not have diabetes nor has a personal connection fuelling his fire to contribute to the cause. However, a close friend of his is a team member, and her grandfather was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Most of all, Reid just recognizes the need for people to step up and do what they can to eradicate the disease or help those who have it live easier.
“The cause is definitely worth it,” he said. “More and more children are being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I am glad I am able to challenge myself and contribute to such a good cause.”
Reid said a part of the reason he gives back to the community is about making the most of what he has. He said he strives to overcome perceived barriers to success for people not from wealth or from small places.
He is planning a number of fundraising efforts, juggling his school work and two jobs, in both Halifax and Corner Brook. He will be in his hometown during the Christmas holidays, and hopes to be active in those efforts while on break from university.