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Race to Cure Diabetes at the 2012 Australian Grand Prix

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has been named as the Official Charity of the 2012 Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix.

122,300 people are affected by ‘juvenile’ or type 1 diabetes in Australia and there is presently no cure.

JDRF is the world’s largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research representing thousands of passionate members who share one single focus – to find a cure, fast.

During the 2012 Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix, JDRF will be reaching out to motoring enthusiasts in an effort to raise greater awareness of their goals and research priorities.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said he was excited to welcome JDRF to the Grand Prix family.

“JDRF provides a vital link between medical research and people with type 1 diabetes and have been proudly involved in every major type research breakthrough of the last three decades,” he said.

“The foundation originated from the passion of families affected by diabetes trying to find a cure. Formula 1™ also has a strong grounding in family tradition which gives this partnership a wonderful synergy,” he added.

Children and adults with type 1 diabetes require a daily regime of insulin injections or continuous infusion of insulin through a pump, as well as regular finger-prick blood tests. Funds raised through this partnership will assist JDRF in continued research projects to improve the life of sufferers and, ultimately, work towards a cure.

Emily Werner, Development Manager for JDRF in Victoria, said the Foundation is delighted to be selected as the Official Charity for the 2012 Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix.

“This event is a huge opportunity to grow awareness for diabetes through our volunteers and a number of trackside initiatives. We can’t wait to meet the fans and surprise them with our fundraising ideas!”

In the coming weeks, JDRF will announce their exciting plans to raise awareness and funds in the race to cure diabetes.

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