DID YOU KNOW? Over 130,000 Australians have Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common chronic disease in children, and is more common than cancer and cystic fibrosis.
DID YOU KNOW? People with Type 1 diabetes face many serious long term health complications.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong incurable disease, and without daily insulin injections people with Type 1 diabetes would die.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of Type 1 diabetes is estimated to be $600m per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 275 people a day are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? Nearly 1 million Australians have Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of diabetes is nearly $7billion per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 60% of people with Type 2 diabetes can overcome it with fitness and healthy lifestyle.

When not running across deserts, members of the Team Born to Run 5 Deserts Team are available for speaking engagements, and can speak about a range of topics including the 5 deserts challenge, and the Born to Run Foundation.

The following is some feedback from a recent presentation:

Greg and Matthew Donovan recently gave a most inspiring presentation to our V.I.E.W. Club on the “Born 2 Run Foundation” which evolved from Greg’s younger son’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.  Every member of our club was totally intrigued by their determination, awestruck by their physical endurance and deeply touched by their passionate commitment to this cause.

They shared with our members their remarkable triumphs and amazing challenges of their runs so far – the Atacama and Gobi Deserts; the background of their team and their quest to support research to find a cure for this disease.  Banners, incredible photographs, a brilliant powerpoint presentation and a DVD of their desert runs portrayed the extremely punishing conditions under which these athletes compete as a team.  I would thoroughly recommend Greg and Matthew’s presentation to any organisation that requires interesting, enlightening guest speakers on such a fascinating and worthwhile topic as this.

Wendy Phillips

Peninsula Evening V.I.E.W. (Voice, Interests & Education of Women) Club
August, 2012.


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