Paradigm supports Mark Newman’s ride for JDRF

Now that I have returned from my overseas travel and back into the real world again I now have a personal focus that I am working toward and I thought I would share this with you.

Many of you are unaware that I support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) who are searching for a cure for Type 1 diabetes. This year I will be participating again for the fourth year in their annual Ride to Cure Diabetes held in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.

I will be riding 80 klms through a challenging circuit with plenty of hills. I am back into riding to work and doing an extended ride on the weekend to prepare for the ride and especially those long grinding hills that I truly love!!

Last year I raised $4,000 and my aim this year is to match that effort, if not better it. In my 3 years of participation I have personally raised $11,500 and it’s something that I am very proud of.

To give you a perspective of the importance of this event to JDRF, the ride last year raised in excess of $1.04 million, whilst ringing the 8 year total to $6.74 million! I think it’s pretty amazing considering that only 300 riders are able to participate in the event
so you can appreciate the effort that everyone puts into this.

I have a nephew who is 24 and was diagnosed in 2010 with Type 1 diabetes and I am sure that many of you will be aware of someone who is impacted by this illness. The ride has allowed me to meet a range of people all sharing the same vision and importantly has educated me in the ongoing and long term effects of this illness.

You can go to to find out more about JDRF and the ride and also to follow my sponsorship progress. Obviously, any support is much appreciated.

I thought I would attach the picture as it does demonstrate that I am actually on the bike and not sipping a red in a winery, as some in the office have suggested!!

I remain determined to play my part in helping find a cure for over 122,000 Australians with type 1 diabetes who have to regularly inject 4-6 times per day as part of their “daily” life. It’s hard to comprehend the impact this would have on what we know as a
normal daily life.

I am grateful to Paradigm in supporting my efforts for JDRF.

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