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Riders raise $43,500 for research

Lions Ride for SightAs the incidence of diabetes increases, more and more Australians are at risk of losing their sight to diabetic eye disease. Many of these people will be in the prime of their working life.

But thanks to the significant support received from the 2014 Lions Ride for Sight, we are working to save the sight of Australians with early-stage diabetic retinopathy.

The $43,500 raised by riders and clubs throughout Gippsland will fund the ‘Personalised Eye Consultation’ trial, developed by Dr Gwyn Rees at CERA.

“The trial will involve eye care professionals working with people who have early-stage diabetic retinopathy, and who are struggling to manage their blood glucose.

“Together, they will develop a tailored diet and exercise plan, aimed at improving the patient’s blood glucose control and thereby saving their sight,” explains Dr Rees.

The trial will commence in 2015 at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and based on the results, Dr Rees hopes to see the program rolled out across Australia.

Now in its 21st year, the Ride for Sight raises essential funds for CERA.

“Each year the Lions put on a fantastic event, showcasing Gippsland’s countryside and raising vital funds to fight vision loss and blindness,” said CERA Managing Director, Professor Jonathan Crowston.

The 2014 Ride took place over three-and-a-half days in April. Riders started and finished at Drouin, cycling through Phillip Island, Leongatha, Yinnar and Trafalgar.

You don’t need to be a Lion to ride! If you’d like to ride in 2015, please contact Bethan Hazell on 03 9929 8424 or bethan.hazell@unimelb.edu.au.