Yamba Lions Club made a donation of $1,000 for diabetes research to Albany Lions Club member, Glen Hurst, when he rode his Honda Goldwing into Yamba towing a boat, “Hope in a Boat around Australia”. He is on a fund raising trip around Australia from Albany, Western Australia. His support vehicle is driven by Lions Marina Rurenga and Eric Maujean. This is the second journey they have undertaken to raise funds for this research when they did 24,395km in 2014.
It all started in 2011 when Lion Glen needed a bike trailer, but they we expensive, so when he saw an advertisement for a used folding trailer, he decided to buy it as he already had a boat. It turned out to be much lighter and bigger than a trailer and it certainly attracted lots of attention. The idea was born to use this to raise funds for research.
Lions have made a significant break through with saving sight and we believe that with the help of Diabetes Research WA, we will be able to do it again, as they are on the verge of finding a cure for diabetes. If the cure can be developed, the relief to the health system will be significant.
Presently there are more than 385 million people living with diabetes and it is expected that in less than 25 years, this will reach 592 million people. That’s 25 times the current population of Australia. We also know that every six seconds a person dies from diabetes. The health system will be over loaded unless this research continues.
Donations can be made by direct deposit to NAB – BSB: 086 518, ACC: 84 383 1400, or you can contact Yamba Lions Club Treasurer, 66461124. Anything over $2 is tax deductible.