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Bushfires Don’t Stop Charity Riders |

Bushfires Don’t Stop Charity Riders

For many years now Motorolans have hopped on their bikes and pedalled to help cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. This year – bushfires and record temperatures notwithstanding – was no exception.


 “The ride was excellent – the weather changed and allowed a comfortable ride for all participants. The route was changed as a result of the bushfires, but the hills were still everywhere to challenge us! We rode together as a team and conquered the finish line without any issues. While our legs were in pain we all felt a great sense of accomplishment. I believe we all exceeded our fundraising amounts for this noble cause.”


So says Motorola Solutions’ Feisar Joya who, alongside colleagues Steve Crutchfield and Julian Sargeant, completed the 80 kilometre leg of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) annual Ride to Cure Diabetes. The day before the race, nearby Adelaide took the title of “hottest city on Earth” with temperatures over 44ºC but a late change thankfully brought relief in time for the riders. The ride was able to proceed despite bushfires in the Barossa area forcing a late change to the route.


Managing director Steve Crutchfield adds: “The re-routing still created plenty of challenge. This was my second ride for this great cause and I hope we continue our involvement for many years, in both facilitating communications for the organisation with the provision of two-way radios, as well as participating in the ride.”


“Motorola has supported JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes since 2005,” says Mike Wilson CEO and managing director. “Motorola generously provides sponsorship to offset the cost of the participant jerseys which each rider receives and wears on the road. In addition Motorola supplies handheld radios that allow event staff and volunteers to communicate and keep riders safe whilst out cycling on the course. The Ride to Cure Diabetes is held in the Barossa Valley each January with ride distances of 35, 80 and 160km. In 2014 a total of $1.05 million was raised taking the total since the event started in 2004 to just over $9.8 million. JDRF is very grateful for the support of Motorola in helping raise much needed funds to support medical research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.”


The three riders raised almost $7,000 which is used to help JDRF’s research strategy to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.