In October 2014, St.LukesHealth's Chief Analytics Officer, Darren Harris will be riding through China with 23 other cyclists from around Tasmania to raise money to support people with diabetes as part of the Diabetes Tasmania Cycle China Challenge.
The trip is being generously supported by Healthways Australia who provide the ‘My Health Guardian’ program to St.LukesHealth’s 50,000 members. The ‘My Health Guardian’ program benefits all of St.LukesHealth’s members through a preventative health and wellness program that helps members take positive steps to a healthier life and make better lifestyle choices. The ‘My Health Guardian’ program also provides assisted care for members with a chronic disease by ensuring that their condition is managed appropriately. Healthways provides care management and wellness programs to over 45 million people worldwide.
Diabetes Tasmania is the peak Diabetes body within Tasmania, and the fundraising from the Cycle China Challenge will be used to help the 25,000 Tasmanians currently diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes Tasmania does this by providing high quality diabetes education throughout Tasmania and works in partnership with state and federal governments and other organisations.
Diabetes has become one of the most significant health issues facing the Tasmanian community with seven more Tasmanians developing the disease every day.
As well as helping Diabetes Tasmania, 10% of the money raised by the riders will be used to support the Endocrinology Department of the Guangdong General Hospital which is located in the southeast of China. The Hospital has 5,174 hospital staff and over 2,500 hospital beds. It has 37 specialties and six outpatient departments serving over 10,000 patients each day. As a comparison, the largest hospital in Australia has just over 1,000 beds, so having the opportunity to visit a facility of this size will be a highlight of the trip.
This will be Darren's second challenge, having previously participated in the Sri Lanka Challenge in 2011 where the team raised $40,000.00. Darren said ‘While the challenge is both physically and mentally demanding, knowing that the money raised with benefit Tasmanians with Diabetes as well as being able to visit the Guangdong General Hospital and see how the facility directly benefits from our fundraising will be extremely rewarding’.
If you would like to support Darren or any of the team, donations can be made at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/cyclechina2014