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