A group of Melbourne business leaders will cycle an epic 1,000km over five days from Melbourne to the Barossa Valley, to raise awareness and funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, in support of the JDRF One Ride.
Led by three cyclists living with T1D, the group includes representatives from Telstra, Bendigo Bank, Byte, Delta Group, HERE and Media Partners.
David Keenan, Head of Global Industries at Telstra, said “I am doing the ride to prove that living with type 1 doesn’t mean you have to lead a restricted life. The main challenges for me within my daily life are explaining in business meetings or other public places why I am injecting myself, the late night hypos (which are frustrating and knock me around the next day) and the expenses associated with managing this disease.”
“Early in my career, the daughter of a colleague died as a result of complications associated with type 1 and I have a friend with a three year old with the disease – who has to be monitored closely each night while they sleep. That’s who I’ll be thinking of when it gets hard on the bike, because ultimately I’m the lucky one. Cycling to the Barossa is a small way that I can help current and future people living with type 1, by creating awareness and funding vital research to improve the lives of those living with type 1 and bring us closer to a cure”.
Alex Kozeniauskas, a Project Engineering Manager at Delta Group, echoed this “As a type 1 diabetic, I live with the challenges of the disease every minute of every day. Type 1 does not stop me from living my life, but it has a direct and significant influence on it both through its daily management and by the risk of serious long term complications. I am riding to the Barossa as a personal challenge, to motivate people to support JDRF and to inspire other type 1 diabetics by showing that having this disease does not stop you from achieving amazing things.”
The ride will ensure participants see exactly where their fundraised money is going by meeting with local T1D communities along the way, but they will also witness first-hand the impact of living with the disease, with three type 1 cyclists riding the route.
If you live in regional Victoria or South Australia and want to catch up with these guys on the move, check out their route info below.
May 1: 175km Melbourne to Bendigo – twilight event with local T1D community at 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Schaller Studio, BENDIGO.
May 2: 220km Bendigo to Sea Lake
May 3: 225km Sea Lake to Pinnaroo
May 4: 190km Pinnaroo to Murray Bridge – including twilight event with local T1D community at 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Balcony on Sixth, MURRAY BRIDGE.
May 5: 90km Murray Bridge to Novotel, Rowland Flat, Barossa Valley (riders arrive at 3pm to be greeted by other One Riders).
To attend one of the community twilight events, please RSVP to Simone Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can support Alex or David in their ride to the Barossa, or learn more about JDRF One Ride at the website. Jump on instagram to follow their epic journey via @type1athletic, @type1_challenge and of course, @jdrfaus where Alex is doing an instagram takeover on route to the Barossa.