South Bunbury woman to ride 160km of the Barossa raising money for juvenile diabetes research

Claudette RizziBunbury Herald
Jackie with her son Baden-Willmore
Camera IconJackie with her son Baden-Willmore Credit: Supplied

Jackie Ross, 57, is set to tackle a 160km bike ride around the Barossa Valley in South Australia in February to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

It will be the fourth time she has entered the charity ride.

Ms Ross has been cycling for more than 32 years and has a 20-year-old son with diabetes.

She will join about 300 other participants at the One Ride Event 2024 on February 17 to raise money for vital research and advocate for those who live with the condition.

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The event has been running for 15 years and has raised more than $14 million during that time.

Ms Ross, a music therapist, took up cycling as a hobby in Queensland and competed in triathlons before moving to Bunbury 30 years ago.

“It is a similar course to the Tour Down Under which takes in Mengler Hill, which cyclists will know is a really steep climb. Hopefully I have enough energy towards the end to complete it” she said.

Ms Ross said the event run by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation attracted cyclists from around Australia raising money for research that can significantly improve the quality of life for those living with diabetes.

“There is some exciting research revealing that two types of cancer-treating drugs can improve insulin production for those suffering with type 1 diabetes. If it continues to be successful then it’s a game changer,” she said.

Ms Ross said the challenge was physically demanding and was her way of showing her son she is willing to “go the extra mile” to make life easier for him.

“I have a voice and I can use it to let people know about diabetes and the importance of research,” she said.

“I want parents of children with diabetes to know your child can live a fulfilling and independent life and be successful.

“There are AFL footballers and high-profile people who manage diabetes as part of everyday life and live independently.”

For more information and to donate head to ride.jdrf.org.au/fundraisers/jacquelineross

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