Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

We are delighted to support The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF – the world’s largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research.

Internationally, JDRF has been involved in every major type 1 diabetes breakthrough of the last four decades including:

  • Islet transplantation
  • Beta cell regeneration
  • Preventative vaccine development
  • Reduction of complications

JDRF-funded researchers have driven the advancement of day-to-day disease management tools and accelerated the pace of research through a focus on four research priorities – immune therapies, beta cell therapies, glucose control therapies and complications therapies.

Throughout all local and international activities JDRF’s mission remains constant – to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Each year in May, JDRF host Jelly Baby Month, a fun campaign to raise awareness and funds to support vital medical research. The campaign is an enjoyable fundraising activity and offers a great educational experience. The success of this campaign is dependent on support from schools, dedicated volunteers and our retail partners Woolworths and Safeway supermarkets, and Amcal and Amcal Max pharmacies.

Lucy the face of Jelly Baby Month

Jelly Baby Month is different as it was founded by Mums. 15 years ago a group of parents whose children have type one diabetes decided they wanted to make a direct impact on funding research. In the first year they produced a badge that quickly sold out and Jelly Baby Month was born.

Today Jelly Baby Month raises over $1 million with the funds raised supporting Australian type 1 diabetes research projects.

Lucy is representing Jelly Baby Month this year. Lucy is six years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes one year ago. Lucy loves dancing, swimming and playing with her sisters. This autoimmune disease has a big impact on Lucy’s health and it can be devastating. Your support of Jelly Baby Month will make a difference.

My father had diabetes and it was a factor in his passing a few years ago, so I am therefore honoured to support such a fantastic cause. If you would like to find out more please visit JDRF and their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/jdrfoz and remember by contributing your kindness stories here, I will donate $1 for each story to this very special charity.