6,000 Expected For Type 1 Diabetes Charity Walk At Burswood Park Today

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Event Alert

Sunday 18 Oct

Burswood Park

Walk to Cure Diabetes

Walking to Celebrate Hope and Progress

You are invited to join 6,000 people in Perth and 60,000 people around Australia to celebrate 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

Sunday 18 October 2009 – Start time: 10 am  

Burswood Park, Perth.

For map and directions, or more information about regional Walks around Australia see

Join The Big Couch team and thousands of supporters young and old for a five km Walk to Cure Diabetes!

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

1300 363 126 for more information.

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 02 9966 0400 or 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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