AU – JDRF One Walk a Walk in the Park for RRT
Juvenile Diabetes, otherwise known as Type 1 diabetes, affects more than 120,000 Australians, and 2000 new diagnoses are made every year.
JDRF One Walk is the world’s biggest type 1 diabetes (T1D) fundraising event – the global leader in research into Type 1 Diabetes encourages supporters to come and make it a fun, family day out with a shared goal.
Each year, JDRF Walks around the globe bring together around a million people to raise over $85 million for life-changing T1D research. This success is only possible because of the support, commitment and strength of our community. In Australia, over 5000 people have participated in JDRF Onewalks. There are events held all over the country throughout the year.
On Saturday October 22, 2016 JDRF in South Australia held its annual 5km walk to the Laratinga Wetlands, in Mt Barker. The track had a pram, wheelchair and dog friendly path, and participants could enjoy walking along fresh streams of water.
There was a great network of support stalls for the day. RRT had the opportunity to network with the other supporters while the walk took place. We met Rio and Lucy the baby wallabies from the Native Animal Network Inc. The kids enjoyed sport activities and prizes, plus the jumpy castle and face painting, sponsored by Newenham the new housing estate agency on the day. Oak Tree Truffles of Stirling attended with specialty sweets, old fashioned milkshakes and inflatable pet air walkers to take on the journey.
Although cold and rain was making its presence known, it didn’t soften anybody’s enthusiasm to make it a great day; and the unbeatable Aussie spirit came to the fore!
The JDRF walkers were able to relax after the walk in the scenic Keith Stephenson Park, while enjoying a gourmet BBQ lunch of sausages and burgers and live entertainment provided by South Australian Rapid Relief Team Volunteers. All funds raised from the BBQ were donated directly to JDRF.
RRT enjoyed this event – it was certainly a worthy cause, in view of making Type 1 diabetes becoming Type Zero!