A local One Walk fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is on at Victoria Park Lake next month.
Raising funds for the foundation and type 1 diabetes, JDRF walks take place across the globe each year, bringing together about one million people, having raised more than $85million for life-changing T1D research.
JDRF Australia chief executive Mike Wilson said that last year, 20000 Australians took part in JDRF One Walks.
‘‘The funds raised at JDRF One Walk are vital to our continued funding for critical type 1 diabetes research,’’ he said.
‘‘A life-long autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes usually occurs in childhood, but can be diagnosed at any age.
‘‘More than 120000 Australians have this disease and there are more than 2000 new diagnoses each year.
‘‘One Walk is a fantastic event that brings together the type 1 community to raise awareness and funds, to help us turn type one into type none.’’
Local event organiser Tamara Currie said Shepparton JDRF One Walk was a great way to support the T1D community and medical research.
She said T1D was an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin, a hormone which turns food into energy.
‘‘T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly,’’ she said.
‘‘People with T1D require constant blood glucose testing through painful finger pricks, and a constant supply of insulin by injection or pump, just to stay alive.’’
The JDRF One Walk Shepparton is on Sunday, October 22, starting at the all abilities playground, Victoria Park Lake, Tom Collins Drive, Shepparton.