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Sep 15, 2014   |  11:43PM AET

NEWS: Mariners support JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

NEWS: Mariners support JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

Central Coast Mariners were active in the local community on Sunday, with some of the Club’s staff and volunteers venturing to JDRF Australia’s Walk to Cure Diabetes in Davistown.

To help raise some extra funds for this great cause, our busy Membership, Ticketing and Events maestro Jesse Canning arranged with the magnificent Masterfoods to donate a couple of buckets of sauce so he could complete his ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ in a, well, unique manner.

Jesse and the team helped gather up over $500 in donations on the day for JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, and he even managed to rope in star midfielder Nick Montgomery to get ‘saucy’ with him.

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long autoimmune disease that usually occurs in childhood but can be diagnosed at any age. Type 1 diabetes affects over 122,300 people in Australia alone.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself, destroying beta cells within the pancreas and removing the body’s ability to produce insulin. Insulin allows the body to process sugar to create energy – without insulin, the body literally starves as it cannot process food.

Well done to Jesse and the team for working to raise awareness and support JDRF’s great cause!