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HBF Run for a Reason

19 May 2019

Support Diabetes WA

There are many people running and fundraising for us. Below you can find a selection of six and their reasons why they run; pick your favourite to support!

Diabetes WA is a featured charity at HBF Run for a Reason


Megan Watson

Megan runs for Diabetes WA in the HBF Run for a Reason 2019

“Initially after he was diagnosed it was like bringing a newborn home again, it’s around the clock care.”

In February, Megan noticed her six year old son, Hamish, was drinking a lot of water. At Perth Children’s Hospital he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Since that day, the Watsons’ life has been turned upside down. Sleepless nights, a lot of pre-packed bags with diabetes supplies and label reading have become new everyday occurrences. They are still adjusting to life with diabetes but are thankful that Hamish is so resilient and that they have a supportive healthcare team and family.

Megan runs 12km and hopes to raise money to support families like hers in the future.


Nina Gelbke

Nina runs for Diabetes WA in the HBF Run for a Reason 2019

“It’s taken a long road for me to finally reach a place where I can say I’m the healthiest and happiest I’ve been”.

Nina Gelbke is a nutritionist and blogger who lives with type 1 diabetes in Dunsborough. For many years, Nina struggled with an eating disorder which she describes as “practically a death sentence”. She struggled with dangerously low blood glucose levels and malnutrition.

These days, she takes the time to listen to her body and how it reacts to food and exercise. She is also using her experience and nutrition studies to help others find their own healthy. By donating to Nina’s fundraising page, you will be helping other Western Australians living with diabetes receive the support they need to live full and healthy lives.


Ryan Shand

Ryan runs for Diabetes WA in the HBF Run for a Reason 2019

“I realised that I needed to get serious because this was probably the last chance I would get”.

In 2017, Ryan Shand, was warned he only had three years to live. The then 32-year-old father weighed 143kg and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. He could barely carry his own weight and was tired all the time. He made small steps to changing his lifestyle like swapping hot chips for salad and taking short walks.

Today Ryan is 82kg, has no signs of diabetes or improper ability to process sugars, and runs marathons. He shares his passion for fitness and nutrition with his children. Help other Western Australians reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by donating to Ryan’s fundraising page or click the button below.


Lucy Lee

Lucy runs for Diabetes WA in the HBF Run for a Reason 2019

“My grandmother’s life was cut short because of diabetes”.

Diabetes has had a significant impact on Lucy’s life as she lost her grandmother to diabetes complications. Her grandmother was dedicated to empowering women and changed a lot of people’s lives during her time.

Lucy is inspired by the work of Diabetes WA and will be running the 12km distance in the HBF Run for a Reason.

Lucy has been a highly driven fundraiser. She jumped on all opportunities to promote her participation, even adding her donation link to her email signature. Thanks for your great work, Lucy!



Team Gluco-goers runs for Diabetes WA in the HBF Run for a Reason 2019

On team Dia-beat-these, our staff and community runners are passionate about supporting Western Australians living with, or at risk of, diabetes.

Some people run 4km, others 12km and some even 21km!

Diabetes WA  provide free programs, education, experiences, advice and personal support to empower people to self-manage their diabetes.

By donating to Team Dia-Beat-These, you are helping us to make sure we reach every single person needing our help. You could potentially be helping a friend, neighbour or family member live a full, happy and healthy life.


Ashton Reynolds

Ashton uns for Diabetes WA in the HBF Run for a Reason 2019

“I lived for 29 years without this condition. It is hard to go from being completely healthy, to someone with a chronic illness…It is not something I would wish upon anyone.”

Ashton Reynolds was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three days before her 29th birthday. Since then she has found it hard to exercise because she is scared of having a hypo, a common problem for people living with diabetes.

Ashton has been working with her diabetes educator and is determined to face her fears by completing the 4km distance of the HBF Run for a Reason. She is coming all the way down from Geraldton for the big event. Read more of her story and support other Western Australians living with diabetes.

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