This Friday, JDRF Australia volunteers will be out in force at Adelaide’s Rundle Mall and on the city’s streets to raise funds for vital medical research to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes, as part of JDRF’s Jelly Babies awareness and fundraising campaign.
Adelaide volunteers dressed in blue vests will be selling Jelly Babies confectionary and other merchandise, such as key rings, badges, character pens and pencils in the Rundle Mall.
Volunteers will also be present at busy street intersections handing out Jelly Baby badges for a $2 gold coin donation.
A JDRF stall will be located at the corner of Rundle Mall and Stephens Place from 7.30am until 5pm on Friday 1 May 2015.
JDRF is calling on the public to show their support by wearing their Jelly Baby badges for the month of May in support of type 1 diabetes research.
Businesses close to Rundle Mall are encouraged to contact JDRF on the day if they would like to order a box of merchandise to show their support for the campaign.
Jelly Babies serves as a powerful reminder of the profound effect type 1 diabetes has on many Australian children with type 1 diabetes and their families, and that the only way to find a cure and improve the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes is by supporting medical research.
“While type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, it is most commonly diagnosed in childhood and for many of these families the Jelly Baby lollies symbolise childhood with diabetes,” said Mike Wilson, CEO of JDRF Australia.
People with type 1 diabetes usually carry a ‘hypo kit’ with them at all times that supplies an emergency source of sugar if their BGL (blood glucose level) drops dangerously low. For most people a hypo kit includes a few lollies. “Low blood glucose can be life-threatening if left untreated, so Jelly Babies can be a lifesaver,” he continued.
For more information visit www.jdrf.org.au/jellybabies
Event: JDRF Jelly Babies Fundraising
Date & Time: Friday 1 May 2015, from 7.30am
Location: Adelaide’s Rundle Mall and on the city’s streets