MELBOURNE, Australia — Ford Australia has continued to show its long-time support for research into finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes with a donation of AU$18,500 (USD 19,149) to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
This week Bob Graziano, president and CEO, Ford Australia, and Carl Parkin, general purchasing manager, handed over the cheque to JDRF representatives Angela McKay, chief operating officer and Kallie Blauhorn, senior development manager, Victoria/Tasmania. JDRF is the world's largest charitable supporter of Type 1 diabetes research.
Ford is a long-term global support of JDRF and has been raising money to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes for over 26 years and to date, Ford is the only international sponsor of JDRF. Ford Australia employees are right behind this global effort and raise money throughout the year with events like Hot Rods and Hot Dogs, an annual car show where employees and car clubs are invited to bring in their cars and display them on the grounds behind Ford Australia’s Head Office Building. The vehicles are on display for employees to view and are judged in four categories such as best car in show. Employees also enjoy a barbecue during which an auction is held to bid on things like, gift vouchers, hot laps, and race experiences. This year the event raised AUD 9,000 (USD 9,315) for JDRF – an all time record!
“JDRF is one of many charities supported by Ford Australia and its employees. Walk for a Cure is a really fun day for employees and their families as well as being a great fundraising event for JDRF to raise the money required to find a cure for this disease. We are committed to supporting JDRF in finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes" said, Cheryl McKenzie, Communications and CSR Associate, Ford Australia
Ford Australia employees also participate in ‘Walk For the Cure’, JDRF’s major fundraiser. Walk for a Cure events are held in all states of Australia with Melbourne’s walk being held at Albert Park Lake. Over 100 Ford Australia employees did the walk with the event being a real family affair. Bob Graziano and other Ford execs were on hand to cook the barbeque while employees and their families and friends recovered in the Ford marquee. JDRF even catered for the kids who got to play on rides and visit the animal petting enclosure.
Also contributing to the grand total were a series of BBQs held by Ford Australia’s product development Grass Roots Employee Action Team during their 2012 GREAT Drive. The team managed to raise AUD 6000 (USD 6,210) for the cause.