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Why I am riding to support the Diabetes Charity

Updated on January 7, 2013

You can see from the link from my profile page that started this week I have be taking part in a relay Bicycling riding event to raise money for the crippling disease Diabetes. Monday was the start you can watch riders here: The Charity is Diabetes Queensland who as their charter states raises money and awareness to support research into the crippling disease. An organization committed to reducing the incidence of diabetes through awareness, prevention, detection, management and the search for a cure.

I once knew a man down the street from my Grandparents that as a child developed diabetes and eventually needed a leg removed because of complications resulting from diabetes. The man took his own life because he could not bare the fact that he would no longer be able to get around on his own two legs. I was told he was a good athlete in his younger days. Although this was hushed up some what after the event I felt the effect profoundly hearing this news when i was a teenager.

I had not though about the topic much for years until last week when i received an email asking me to sponsor other riders doing the event. I made some initial enquiries at the snooker club. one of our member has diabetes and has to monitor and watch his diet closely. Other member in fact all members knew someone that had diabetes so it is more prevalent that you think. Having felt the experience of that man I knew down the street some thirty years ago i wonder how many thousands more sufferers may have followers his path. For this reason when I received the email last week i decide to get involved myself and participate in the event by riding and finding people to sponsor me in the event. If you feel inclined to sponsor me all donation gratefully accepted here.

You can follow my progress reports this week as I report on the team effort to ride 2000 kilometres this week on a stationary bike. I will make a diary post here...

Monday 21st November

Day one turned up at the office of the company conducting the charity ride. Pleasantly surprised at the number of staff mainly women taking part in this charity cycle. Wore my 2ux brand clothing which provides for maximum support and aids in the cooling process. Brisbane is quite hot already today 30C degrees. Manages to get a reasonable pace although the bike frame was a little small.When I ride again Wednesday I will make sure I get much more height on the seat post. Managed to ride 11.2 kilometres on the stationary bike in the prescribed half an hour time slot. The cycling team managed to complete the mandatory 200 kilometres on the day on order to reach our target of 200 kilometres per day. Well done team!


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      nicediabetes 3 years ago from Australia

      Good job Barry, Ive had Type 1 for 26 years and love any support we can get .. Hope the bum isn't too sore :)

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank's for your comment Sunshine much appreciated!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Kudos to you Barry for being an advocate for Diabetes...fight the fight Yes You Can!

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Good on you Barry, Diabetes is a worthy cause. I have a niece who developed type 1 during pregnancy and it didn't go away, she's having a hard time with it. Thanks for riding, keep up the good work of 200kms per day.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      thanks for your comment and thanks for Re Tweeting about this. Consider this I will be riding for you tomorrow & other days...

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      gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Thanks Barry - I got type 1 when I was 40 as a result of a virus that attacked my immune system. It is a real drag having to test, inject, and always thinking about the different consequences of different food. However, it makes one aware of food that contains a lot of fat and sugar! Thanks for doing the ride, however, not much research money goes to adults who develop type 1 as we are only about 5% of diabetic types :-(

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your comment Just Ask Susan. It is an increasing problem throughout the world. Hopefully the cycling episodes will help me along with the good karma from getting it myself...

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Both of my husbands parents have diabetes and are on medication for it. When I was pregnant with my twins I had gestational diabetes. I think you are doing a wonderful thing supporting this charity.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Please feel free to comment here...