Thursday, October 26, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Locals Join Forces In Fight Against Diabetes

Whitsunday local Karen Vloedmans has taken part in the JDRF One Walk Australia every October for the last few years, this year uniting a team, Whitsundays Type1 Tribe, to pool donations and make an even bigger impact.

JDRF is the leading supporter of type 1 diabetes research, their major fundraiser One Walk tasking participants to take 8,000 steps a day during October for the eight Australians diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every day.

Ms Vloedmans thanked the Whitsunday community and her fellow teammates for their support.

“We are receiving such incredible support with over $11,000 raised so far,” she said.

“Our awesome team is made up of those that either have Type1 Diabetes, or, like me, love someone who does.”

Joining Ms Vloedmans in the Whitsundays Type1 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.

Type 1 diabetes is unpreventable and, right now, there is no known cure.

“We are each walking 8,000 steps a day in October to raise research funds to improve the lives of those living with Type1 Diabetes and to ultimately help find a cure,” Ms Vloedmans said.

“Thank you to everyone who has already donated, it really means the world to us, we so appreciate the love and support, we see you all.”

Whitsundays Type1 Tribe are accepting donations until the end of October.

To donate and support the team, visit

Back row L-R Kym Hepburn, Theresa Huttley, Karen Vloedmans, Kelly Belton, Kelly Bullen. Front row L-R Hannah Oliver, Liliana Hepburn, Mia Vloedmans. Absent: Jessica Cristaudo (top left). Photo supplied

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