1500 Expected For Walk To Cure Diabetes - Newcastle Foreshore - Tomorrow 10 Am

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Event Alert

Sunday 8 Nov

The Foreshore,


Walk to Cure Diabetes

Walking to Celebrate Hope and Progress

You are invited to join local MP Bob Baldwin, Biggest Loser contestant Sean Doudle and around 1500

people in Newcastle, as well as 30,000 around Australia, celebrating hope and progress towards a cure for

type 1 diabetes at the Walk to Cure Diabetes. 

The Walk to Cure Diabetes is an annual event held by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Gathering at more than 20 different locations around Australia, Walkers aim to raise over $2 million for

critical medical research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

JDRF CEO Mike Wilson said, “The funds raised by the Walk to Cure Diabetes will deliver essential support

for Australian research into type 1 diabetes – because we need to find that cure fast.” 

“The situation is urgent because Australia has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world.” 

“JDRF supports more than 60 research projects in this country, which represents over 200 researchers.

These dedicated scientists have recently broken new ground. Right now, there are more therapies in

human clinical trials than ever before.” 

Walk to Cure Diabetes Newcastle

Sunday 8 November  2009 – Start time: 10 am  

The Foreshore, Newcastle. For map, directions or more information about Walks around Australia see www.jdrf.org.au/walk

Join Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin MP, Biggest Loser contestant Sean Doudle and 1500 supporters

young and old for a 5 km Walk to Cure Diabetes, as well as fun kids activities and a sausage sizzle. 

You can show your support by sponsoring a Walk to Cure Diabetes team. Visit www.jdrf.org.au/walk.

To arrange an interview or photograph with a local family with type 1 diabetes, or for more information

about the disease, please contact Lyndal Howison on 0411 110 717 or lhowison@jdrf.org.au

Type 1 Diabetes – The Facts

There are 140,000 Australians with type 1 diabetes and with five new cases every day, Australia has one of the highest rates in the world. The number of Australian

children being diagnosed with this disease is increasing by 3% every year. Typically striking young people, type 1 diabetes destroys the ability to produce insulin, which is

vital for life. It requires an essential daily regime of multiple injections or continuous infusion of insulin through a pump, as well as 6 – 8 finger-prick blood tests. Type 1

diabetes is associated with a significantly increased risk of serious health complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and amputation.. 

An autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by a complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors but not by an unhealthy diet or obesity. The

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the world’s largest not-for-profit supporter of diabetes research and has invested over $1.6 billion since inception in 1970. The

mission of JDRF is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. 

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