Since 2005, Motorola Solutions has supported Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), an organisation that raises funds for type 1 diabetes research. Motorola Solutions Managing Director, Steve Crutchfield, recently continued Motorola Solutions’ long tradition of supporting JDRF’s annual Ride to Cure Diabetes.
In the first weekend of May 2017, Steve joined more than 350 participants who rode 35, 80, 120 or 160 kilometres through the Barossa Valley in the name of this important cause.
Motorola Solutions’ support of the JJDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes began in 2005, only one year after the event began. Over that time, our staff have participated in the bike ride, raised funds and supplied handheld radios for the event.
In 2015, Mike Wilson, CEO and Managing Director of JDRF, talked about Motorola Solutions’ involvement over the years:
“Motorola Solutions has supported JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes since 2005. Motorola Solutions has generously provided sponsorship to offset the cost of the participant jerseys which each rider wears on the ride. In addition Motorola supplies handheld radios that allow event staff and volunteers to communicate and keep riders safe whilst out cycling on the course. 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 ride in 2015 was particularly significant, when nearby Adelaide took the title of “hottest city on Earth” with temperatures over 44°C the day before the race. Thankfully, a late change brought relief in time for the riders, and the ride was able to proceed despite bushfires in the Barossa area forcing a late change to the route. Motorola Solutions’ team of Feisar Joya, Steve Crutchfield and Julian Sargeant completed the 80 kilometre leg, raising $7000.
Steve’s involvement follows the path of former Managing Director Gary Starr who, along with other Motorolans, also participated in the bike ride for several years. In 2008, Gary Starr, then General Manager of Motorola Solutions’ government and public safety business, began the tradition of riding with the Western Australia Police (WAPOL) cycling team, then known as the Sandwallopers but now called the Western Flyers.
Go here to find out more about JDRF.