Dorset, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 27, 2009 -- Janet Connor, Managing Director of local employer RIAS, has been named by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as the Chair of the inaugural Bournemouth and Poole Walk to Cure Diabetes. The Walk will take place on Sunday 13th September at Upton Country Park in Poole, and Janet Connor, together with JDRF, will kick off the campaign to recruit fund-raising participants and sponsors by hosting a corporate breakfast in April this year.
Janet said: âItâs a real honour to have been chosen as Chair for the first ever Bournemouth and Poole Walk to Cure Diabetes, particularly as our parent company, Fortis UK, has supported this event in Hampshire for a number of years. Like Fortis, which has actively encouraged employees to participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes since 2005 as part of its corporate social responsibility programme, I will be encouraging RIAS staff to get their walking boots on and join me for this event. I also want to draw wider support from around Dorset, and from within local businesses as we hope to emulate the huge success of Barry Smith, CEO of Fortis UK, who, as Chair Itchen Valley Country Park Walk in Hampshire in 2006, lead the company to raise over Â£11,000 through its participation.â
Nicole Gerrard, Regional Development Manager for JDRF, said: âWe are absolutely delighted that Mrs Connor has agreed to head up the first Bournemouth and Poole Walk. Her position as Managing Director at RIAS means that she can help us bring on board lots of local support and, in leading this exciting new event in the Bournemouth and Poole area, I am sure we will be well on our way to meet our Â£50,000 fundraising target for 2009.â
Hundreds of thousands of young lives depend on the work that JDRF does, and money raised by these Walks forms a major source of its funding. For more information about JDRF, and to participate in this and other fund-raising events, or to make a donation, visit the JDRF website at www.jdrf.org.uk/walk
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- The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was founded in 1970 by a group of parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes to find a cure for this devastating disease and is now the leading charitable founder and advocate of this type of research worldwide.
- Globally, JDRFâs Walk to Cure Diabetes is one of the largest international walkathons in the world, held in more than 200 cities worldwide. In the UK alone, more than Â£5million has been raised to support world class research and attracts around 8000 participants each year.
- Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes currently affects about 350,000 people in the UK and is diagnosed primarily in children.
- Management of the disease involves a strict regime of blood glucose testing, healthy and carefully monitored diet and regular insulin injections simply to stay alive. However, insulin is not a cure and does not prevent the potential long term complications of the disease which include blindness, limb amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and strokes.
Janet Connor, Managing Director of RIAS is available for further comment and interview. To arrange an interview with, or photography of, Janet, please call Simon Robinson on 07976 329823 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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