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Cycling to save sight

While many of us will spend the Easter break relaxing with family (and indulging in hot cross buns, if we’re being completely honest), Research Fellow Dr Eva Fenwick will be finishing up her training for this year’s Lions Ride for Sight, which takes place from 9 to 12 April.

Eva Fenwick representing CERA at the Lions Ride for Sight

“I’m looking forward to catching up with other riders, cycling through some pleasant Gippsland scenery , and supporting the Lions and all they do to help eye research,” says Eva.

This will be Eva’s seventh Ride for Sight, and her second since the birth of her son, Grae.

“I like committing to the Ride for Sight because it guarantees I will get out on the bike and put some hours in training, something which can easily go by the wayside when you have a demanding toddler!”

This year, money raised will fund research into diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of blindness in Australians.

“If diabetes was a country, it would be the third largest country in the world –  ahead of even the US and Brazil,” says Dr Peter van Wijngaarden, an ophthalmologist and Principal Investigator at the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

“Eye disease is a common consequence of diabetes – in fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of avoidable blindness in working age Australians. Our research and involvement in public health policy reform aims to prevent vision loss from diabetes.”

Since 1993, Lions Ride for Sight has raised vital funds and awareness for the Centre for Eye Research Australia, and we are grateful to the Lions for their continued dedication in supporting eye research.

The 2015 Lions Ride for Sight starts at Licola, the gateway to the Alpine National Park on 9 April, and riders will cycle through Gippsland, finishing in Moe on 12 April.

You can help save sight by sponsoring Eva’s ride. Donations by direct deposit are accepted.

Account name: Lions Clubs International District 201 V3 – Ride for Sight Account
BSB: 083-953    Account No.: 11772 0351
Please note: include your surname and Eva’s name as payment reference.

The Centre for Eye Research Australia would like to acknowledge the generous support from this year’s Lions Ride for Sight sponsors: Melbourne Pathology, Hertz, Trafalgar Medical Centre, Nemisis Athletic Apparel, and Lardner Liveweight Cattle Scales.