The peloton taking part in Diabetes Tasmania’s flagship fundraising event will be bolstered by an Australian representative athlete this year, with Tasmanian Invictus Games powerlifter and swimmer Jarrod Kent saddling up for PolliePedal’19.


Mr Kent joined The Hon Guy Barnett and Diabetes CEO Caroline Wells today to officially launch the 14th annual PolliePedal at the Cenotaph in Hobart.


A team of 20 cyclists are geared up and ready to spread awareness and educational messages about diabetes throughout the journey across southern Tasmania.


The annual event commenced in partnership with The Hon Guy Barnett MP in 2006 and has since raised over $640,000 for diabetes education and community awareness activities within the state.


Starting in the picturesque purple fields of the Port Arthur Lavender Farm tomorrow (Friday, 22 February) morning, the riders will travel through the Tasman Peninsula, taking in Richmond, New Norfolk, Fern Tree and Margate on their 300km, three-day journey to the finish line at Long Beach in Sandy Bay on Sunday, 24 February.


Diabetes Tasmania CEO Caroline Wells said PolliePedal played a vital role in both helping the organisation deliver services and raising awareness of diabetes.


“While PolliePedal has raised over half-a-million dollars to assist us to deliver services, advocacy and support for people with diabetes since the first event in 2006, it is so much more than a fundraising initiative,” Ms Wells said.


“By visiting schools and local communities along the ride, we have the invaluable opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes, including the important message of the role exercise and healthy eating plays in preventing and delaying type 2 diabetes.


Ms Wells said Diabetes Tasmania were honoured to welcome Australian Invictus Games athlete Jarrod Kent to the PolliePedal’19 peloton.


“One of our key messages is that people living with diabetes can still get out there, be active and live life to the fullest.


“Jarrod has an inspirational story and is a wonderful ambassador for overcoming adversity and achieving great things.”


Diabetes Australia Ambassador Guy Barnett MP said the event has gone from strength to strength over the years.


“I have ridden every single kilometre of PolliePedal since its inception in 2006. I am proud that since the first event we have raised more than $640,000 to support people living with diabetes through provision of vital support and services to ensure Tasmanians can live well with diabetes,” said Mr Barnett.


Premier Sponsor, Ascensia is pleased to partner with Diabetes Tasmania by sponsoring their flagship fundraising event. The PolliePedal is a key opportunity to raise much needed funds that can be put towards education, awareness raising and community support. As people with diabetes often only spend a few hours a year with healthcare professionals, self-management is key. We believe it is important for people with diabetes to have the choice of which technology they want to use for the self-management of their diabetes and access to high quality and accurate monitoring devices.