Thanks to the generosity of Flemington racegoers and the community, JDRF volunteers raised over $345,000 during the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival through the sale of Lexus Melbourne Cup pins.This added to the $420,000 raised in 2017, when the VRC and JDRF first joined forces to support JDRF’s work in driving ongoing research and support programs that benefit people living with type 1 diabetes.
An autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes has no known cure and affects over 120,000 Australians.VRC chief executive Neil Wilson said the club is proud of the Pin & Win program.
“Pin and Win is the VRC’s major annual fundraising activity, and Australian and international visitors to Flemington have been very generous in their contributions to support JDRF over the past two years,” he said.Acting CEO of JDRF Angela McKay said, “We are incredibly grateful for the support from the VRC and the generosity of the Flemington racegoers. These funds will enable us to continue to with our mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications.”
Since 1995 Pin & Win has raised more than $5.7 million for charity.The VRC will announce the 2019 Pin & Win charity partner in the New Year.