Moun­tain of sup­port

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

KYLE Master­man will em­bark on a 1000km, 10-day ride to raise funds for the Type 1 Di­a­betes Fam­ily Cen­tre this week­end.

The But­ler res­i­dent and friend Richard Reeves, of Ridge­wood, will set off from Mun­dar­ing on Satur­day for a moun­tain bike ride to Albany on the Munda Biddi track.

Mr Master­man said rid­ing on the 1071km trail in the Munda-betes Epic Ad­ven­ture would be chal­leng­ing be­cause he has type 1 di­a­betes, but he wanted to ap­proach life “with­out lim­its”.

“I want to show peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those in­volved with the di­a­betes fam­ily cen­tre, that di­a­betes doesn’t have to limit your life,” he said.

“It’s about in­spir­ing young kids to come out and live life with­out lim­its.”

One of the young­sters he hopes to in­spire is Ajay McCarthy (12), who was di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes five years ago.

His goal is to play AFL for the Dock­ers and he said mon­i­tor­ing his di­a­betes did not hold him back.

Mr Master­man said the trail ride would be “pretty gru­elling” and he would have about 8kg of sup­plies on his bike each day.

His goal is to raise $15,000 for the Stir­ling­based cen­tre and aware­ness of the dis­ease through a web­site that will track his blood glu­cose lev­els.

To do­nate, visit https://bit.ly/2MRqaCk or for up­dates on the ride, visit www.facebook.com/ mbea2018. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Type 1 Di­a­betes Fam­ily Cen­tre, visit telethon­type1.org.au or call 9446 6446.

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