Thursday, November 16, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Local Fundraisers 2nd In Country

A group of local fundraisers have raised an impressive $14,142 to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, their dedicated efforts coming in 2nd place on the national teams leader board in an Australia-wide charity drive.

Smashing their initial goal of $8K, the Whitsundays Type 1 Tribe participated in the JDRF One Walk Australia, a charity walk where 1800 groups from around the country were also involved.

Each participant is required to walk 8000 steps a day for the month October and nine locals were part of the Whitsundays Type 1 Tribe.

Local mother, Karen Vloedmans, whose daughter Mia was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes some years ago, helped organise the combined fundraising efforts.

“This year I created a team ‘Whitsunday Type 1 Tribe’ so we could combine our fundraising efforts and make an even bigger impact,” she explained.

“Each of our team members exceeded their personal fundraising goals and as a team we have absolutely smashed our target.”

Joining Karen in the Whitsundays Type 1 Tribe are Kym Hepburn, Theresa Huttley, Kelly Belton, Kelly Bullen, Hannah Oliver, Liliana Hepburn, Mia Vloedmans and Jessica Cristaudo.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune condition that can develop at any age, with over 130,000 Australians living with the condition.

It is unpreventable and, right now, there is no known cure.

Karen said she will continue holding the fundraising event annually to support better management practices and continue research to find a cure.

“If you wish to join our team because you have Type 1 Diabetes, or like me, love someone who does, then please get in touch because we’d love to welcome you into our team for next year’s event,” she said.

She also thanked everyone who joined the team this year and offered heartfelt praise to those living with Type 1 Diabetes.

“You are all incredible humans!” she said.

“For those of you living with Type 1, you totally amaze me. You carry this mostly invisible diagnosis with such resilience and strength, every single day. You are total legends.”

Karen Vloedmans with her daughter Mia. Photo supplied

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