Walk To Cure Diabetes Twilight - Today 5pm - Mrs Macquaries Point

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Walk to Cure Diabetes with Grown Ups!


The Walk to Cure Diabetes - Twilight is the grown up edition of 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. 


In one of Sydney’s most picturesque waterside city locations, families and workmates will share

stories of hope about type 1 diabetes while celebrating their fundraising with a glass of

champagne and a 4 km walk around the Botanical Gardens.  


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 - Twilight

Thursday 7 October – From 5.00 pm

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point - Sydney 

All welcome to join 1,500 supporters for a 4 km Walk to Cure Diabetes,

as well as fun activities, champagne and canapés.

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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