Darren and Rosie Squibb of Suffolk Park are in training for the 2011 Ride to Cure Diabetes to be held in the Barossa Valley on January 21.
Darren and Rosie Squibb of Suffolk Park are in training for the 2011 Ride to Cure Diabetes to be held in the Barossa Valley on January 21.

Darren and Rosie's diabetes cycle

When Darren Squibb was diagnosed as glucose intolerant (pre-diabetes) two years ago, the Suffolk Park ironman was shocked.

“I had a blood test as part of a general health check-up and I couldn’t believe it when the doctor told me the results,” Darren said.

“I was always very healthy, I kept myself fit, I took part in triathlons, so I thought I would be the last person to be diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

“I was absolutely stunned.”

Darren and his wife Rosie are now on a mission to help find a cure for Type 1 juvenile diabetes and the couple are training hard for the 2011 Ride to Cure Diabetes to be held in the Barossa Valley in South Australia on January 21.

The husband-and-wife team will compete in the 160km ride and they have set themselves a fundraising target of $16,000. (As of last Friday they had raised about $2000).

Darren, who is a keen cyclist, is confident of completing the 160km, and Rosie is determined that she will finish as well.

“I am just a social bike rider, but I have been cycling 30km a day and we still have a couple of months until the ride,” Rosie said.

“Darren and I train every day, and we are also increasing our intake of fruit and vegetables and having lots of fresh fruit juices.”

Hundreds of people are expected to participate in the ride, and Darren and Rosie hope to make it an annual event.

“We are very excited about the challenge,” Darren said.

“I am very passionate about increasing awareness and raising money for diabetes research because six Australians are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every day.

“It’s a very serious disease and a person with Type 1 diabetes faces the risk of developing long-term health complications.”

On Sunday (Nov 14) Darren and Rosie will have a fundraising stall set up outside Woolworths in Byron Bay.

Donations are tax-deductible.

For more information on the couple and the ride, go to http://ride.jdrf.org.au/TeamSquibb


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