MELBOURNE, Australia — While Jenson Button was storming around Albert Park on his way to victory in the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, around 70 Ford employees were also part of a winning team.
For the four days of the event, Ford volunteers spread out across the venue to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – one of the largest organisations in the world researching a cure to type 1 diabetes. JDRF were honoured to be named as this year's official charity for both the Clipsal 500 V8 Race and the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
To help with fundraising throughout these events, Ford Australia provided JDRF with an FG Falcon MKII EcoLPi which was raffled at the Clipsal 500 and throughout the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Over 70 volunteers from Ford’s product development team were hands on throughout the four days of the Grand Prix selling tickets and rattling collection tins raising much needed funds which will be used to continue the fight for a cure.
The Ford team was part of a team of 380 volunteers manning the event for the foundation, helping raise more than AUD47,000. More money is expected to flood in after JDRF also received six autographed mini racing helmets from Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton for auction.
Mike Wilson, CEO of JDRF, said that Formula 1 fans had the potential to make a significant impact on type 1 diabetes research in Australia.
“Type 1 diabetes is a devastating disease that affects 122,300 Australians, including many thousands of children, who live with the burden and pain of daily injections and fingerpricks, to survive,” he said.
“JDRF has a vision of a future free of type 1 diabetes and the only thing that will get us there is seriously increased investment in medical research. We sincerely thank the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Ford Australia, and the thousands of fans, for their support.”