Aussie acclaim – JDRF is Charity of the Year in Australia

Posted on 01 August 2014

JDRF has been announced as Charity of the Year in Australia – thanks to its stunning success in boosting investment in type 1 diabetes from the Australian government.008crop

The Australian Charity Awards recognised specifically the campaign by JDRF’s team in Australia to secure $35 million of funding for the country’s Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN). This funding is the largest ever single commitment to the condition in Australia.

Back in 2012, JDRF Australia staged a ‘Kids in the House’ event at Parliament House in the capital city of Canberra. The country’s Coalition, then in opposition, confirmed its election commitment to support the T1DCRN with $35 million to be delivered over five years. The Coalition subsequently kept its promise after its election to power.

Commenting on scooping the award, JDRF Australia Chief Executive Mike Wilson said: ‘This is a proud moment for JDRF and a tribute to our staff, Board, partners, supporters and advocates, whose passion and dedication was essential to the securing of the T1DCRN funding.’

JDRF UK Chief Executive Karen Addington said: ‘Huge congratulations to our colleagues and supporters in Australia for winning this award. We stand shoulder to shoulder with them on our global mission to better treat, prevent and one day cure type 1 diabetes. Their victory will inspire our #CountMeIn campaign to secure greater type 1 diabetes research funding from the UK Government.’

JDRF and its supporters have received various prestigious accolades around the world. In late 2012, Forbes magazine assessed the financial efficiency of the 100 nonprofit organizations in the US with the most private donations – and rated JDRF as one of its top five “All-Star Charities.”