Not a week goes by without some news article about diabetes making it into the media. Generally, these pieces generally focusses on type 2 diabetes and plays on the stereotypical scenario of poor lifestyle choices. Millions of dollars are poured into prevention programs for type 2 diabetes every year by the government. With all the spotlight on type 2 diabetes, it’s not surprising that people with type 1 diabetes feel left out.
Perhaps unbeknownst to the public, there is a lot going on around research for a cure in type 1 diabetes. There’s been prevention trials, mice being cured of type 1 diabetes, pancreas transplants and variations of the artificial pancreas emerging. In fact, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is a leading global organisation with affiliates around the world that is devoted to raising funds for research around a cure for type 1 diabetes. Over the year, they hold multiple major fundraising events that you may have come across such as the Walk to Cure Diabetes and Ride to Cure Diabetes. With walking, running and riding as forms of fundraising for a great cause, it comes as no surprise as their newest fundraiser involves jumping!
JDRF’s Jump to Cure Diabetes is taking fundraising to the next level with participants skydiving to raise funds and awareness for type 1 diabetes. This year in Melbourne, the Jump will be held on the 15th of March featuring the Great Ocean Road with its picturesque coastal views. In conjunction with the Skydive Beach and Beyond company, jumpers will leap from a height of approximately 14,000 feet and accompanied by an exhilarating 20 second free fall. The fundraising event is expected to attract at least 40 jumpers and their families.
So if skydiving is on your bucket list, this is a fantastic opportunity to be doing it alongside a great cause! To register, there is a $100 non-refundable fee that goes to the venue and all other funds raised will go towards JDRF. To participate in the Jump, there is also a minimum fundraising amount of $1250. But you’re not in this alone. Upon registration, JDRF will provide you with your own fundraising page and a toolkit of ideas and advice in case you get stuck. Good luck!
Read more about JDRF at www.JDRF.org.au.
Register for JDRF Jump to Cure Diabetes 2014 at www.jdrf.org.au/jump/home.