On September 23, Vancouver’s financial, real estate, insurance, legal and other professionals are showcasing their commitment and support for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as they come together to participate in the Ride for Diabetes Research at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Ride is a fun team-building event that helps raise money to fund research into treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.
Taking place in 18 cities across Canada between September and November, the Ride for Diabetes Research is a stationary bike-a-thon that requires teams of five members to pedal for 40 minutes (seven minutes per rider) as they have fun and raise the most money. The 2011 Ride is expected to draw an anticipated 23,000 participants nationally with a fundraising goal of $7.5 million.
Type 1 diabetes is a non-preventable autoimmune disease and the most severe form of diabetes. It strikes children and adults suddenly, and cannot be prevented by diet, exercise or medication. Living with the disease demands constant blood testing and regulating. A person living with type 1 diabetes requires approximately 1,460 needles (based on four injections per day) and 2,190 finger pokes a year to test their blood sugar levels.
The 2010 Ride raised $7.1 million and had the support of over 21,000 riders at 16 sites across Canada.
The Ride for Diabetes Research is a high energy, competitive corporate event that only takes an hour out of a participant’s day. With prizes awarded to teams that show the most spirit, sport the best costumes and make the most noise, it is a great excuse to leave the office for a short time on a Friday, get some exercise, and raise money and awareness for type 1 diabetes.
For more information about the Ride for Diabetes Research or to register a team, visit www.jdrf.ca/ride.