Cyclists raise a record AUS$1.1million for diabetes research

Team Macquarie Group

Team Macquarie Group (Image credit: JDRF)

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) raised a record AUS$1.1million at the recent Ride to Cure Diabetes. Held as the official charity event of the Tour Down Under, the Ride to Cure Diabetes involved 270 participants from all over Australia cycling a 35km, 80km or 160km circuit through the beautiful Barossa Valley. The ride is one of the major fundraising events of the JDRF, a charity dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes through the support of cutting-edge media research.

Local resident, David Barrett, was part of a Macquarie Group team of 21 riders, who raised almost 10 per cent of the total sum. "Our team raised $53,000, which was matched by the Macquarie Group Foundation, taking our total contribution to $106,000."

"This result is an absolutely outstanding achievement and we are truly grateful to all the riders who made this event such a success," said JDRF CEO Mike Wilson. "All of the funds raised at this event will go towards funding the best Australian research into type 1 diabetes."

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