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A Jack of all trades

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Monday, 22 August 2011/Categories: News

August 22, 2011


A Jack of all trades


Trinity sprinter Jack Edwards will represent Australia in the 110m hurdles at the Youth Commonwealth Games at the Isle of Man from September 8 to 13.

Jack is scheduled to arrive home with the Australian team on Thursday September 15 and plans to represent his school in the CAS Championships that evening.

And to wrap up a busy couple of months he will take part in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk for a Cure at Parramatta Park on October 30. 

 Jack, 16, has Type 1 diabetes.

 His family and friends are taking part in the walk for the sixth year. 

Last year they raised $6440, and this year aim to beat that.

The Edwards family has raised almost $34,000 in the past five years.

Jack’s father John said his family was taking part in the walk because he believed ``we need to find a cure for the 122,300 Australian children and adults living with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes’’.

``In Australia, there are around five new cases of Type 1 diabetes diagnosed every day and the incidence is increasing, especially among younger children,’’ he said.

``Unlike Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and cannot be prevented.

``The long-term complications of the disease can include blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and even amputation.

``People with Type 1 diabetes need up to six insulin injections every day, just to stay alive.

``Insulin is not a cure for type 1 diabetes. Currently there is no cure.

 ``Jack has to prick his finger about 10 times a day to check his blood sugar, and he is connected to an insulin pump 24/7 just to survive.

``Your donation will fund vital research into finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

``Jack’s team name is Poke the Pancreas

 ``It is really easy to donate over the internet and any amount is very welcome because all donated monies support Australian based research.

 ``To visit and/or donate to Jack’s personal fundraising web page click on the link below.

``When you donate you will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation via email.

 ``Thanks you for your support.’’


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image: Jack Edwards





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