Event Alert - Walk To Cure Diabetes - Sunday 10 Am - Parramatta Park

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Event Alert

Walk to Cure Diabetes Sydney

17th October 2010



The Walk to Cure Diabetes comes to town


The Walk to Cure Diabetes is a special event that brings together 40,000 members of the type 1

diabetes community each year with a shared goal of raising $2 million to find a cure. 


Kids, families, friends and workmates will share a message of hope about type 1 diabetes while

celebrating their fundraising with a walk around Parramatta Park.  


Typically striking young people, type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease that destroys the ability to produce

insulin, which is vital for life. An autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by a

complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors - but not junk food or obesity.


Mike Wilson, CEO of JDRF, said the Walk to Cure Diabetes is important because type 1 diabetes

doesn’t affect individuals but families, friends and workmates too. 


“The Walk to Cure Diabetes is a chance to come together to celebrate research progress and pay tribute

to the scientists who take us closer every year to a cure for type 1 diabetes.”  


“Funds raised are part of a critical investment in Australian research, because type 1 diabetes is the

fastest growing chronic disease amongst Australian children. This situation is urgent.”




Walk to Cure Diabetes

17th October – from 10.00 am

Parramatta Park, Parramatta – Sydney (Entry via Park Avenue, Westmead)

All welcome to join 3000 supporters at the Walk to Cure Diabetes,

featuring fun activities and children’s entertainment and a BBQ.

Interview and Photo Opps available: kids and adults with type 1 diabetes

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





Type 1 Diabetes – the facts

There are 122,300 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. 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

US$1.3 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. 



Interviews and Photo Opps Available. 

For more information please contact Lyndal Howison on 0411 110 717






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