The Haute Route, alongside its official charity partner Team Type 1 Foundation (TT1) is calling on riders past, present and future to use their exploits on the bike this summer to raise money for a cause that is changing lives across the world.
A limited number of additional Haute Route Alps 2015 places have been released exclusively for TT1 fundraisers. With general entries sold out this is the only way to enter the Alps event and could lead to a reimbursed entry fee based on the amount raised.
By applying for charity status, current and prospective Haute Route entrants can ensure the challenge of riding over 21 mountains, 800km and 22,000 vertical metres in just seven days support’s TT1’s fight to reduce the global disparities in diabetes care. By engaging governments, health organisations and people with diabetes, the foundation’s global vision is to improve access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes.
Current and prospective 2015 Haute Route Pyrenees and Dolomites Swiss Alps riders can also register to raise money for TT1 and will be entitled to a number of benefits and fundraising incentives outlined here.
Alain Lambert, Team Type 1 Volunteer Founding Director and Haute Route Alps finisher in 2013, said: “Taking part in the Haute Route is already a life-changing experience, but riding and raising money for Team Type 1 will help change the lives of thousands affected by diabetes, all over the world.Whether you’ve already entered or are considering signing up for any one of 2015’s events, I can’t encourage you powerfully enough to raise money for this valuable cause. I look forward to riding with you in the Haute Route Alps this August.”
The Team Type 1 Foundation exists because everyone with diabetes deserves the right to lead a healthy and productive life. In developing countries, this means changing healthcare policy to ensure everyone has access to the medicine and tools they need to survive and thrive. In developed countries it means providing empowerment and inspiration to people with diabetes. Find out more here.
If you would like to know more or have an interest in applying for charity rider status, please email: [email protected]
Further details of the different levels of Team Type One charity status are available here
Case study: Amanda Mikalachki, (reproduced courtesy of London Community News, Canada)
Amanda Mikalachki is a woman with passion.
A registered nurse with St. Joseph’s Primary Care Diabetes Support Program for the past 14 years, Mikalachki is making it her mission to combines her two greatest loves, diabetes care and cycling, to help improve diabetes management around the world.
Embarking on a journey from Nice to Geneva, along with cyclists representing Team Type 1 (TT1), an organisation helping patients living with diabetes in developing countries, Mikalachki is set to push herself to the limit, raising money for the cause.
“I’m very excited about it,” she said, adding not only is the challenge of the ride rewarding, but also the chance to fundraise for something so close to her heart. “Something really clicked in me and I just started looking for something to add to the passion I have in my work.”
Established in 2005, TT1’s mission is to instil hope and inspiration for people around the world affected by diabetes.
From Aug. 23 to 29, Mikalachki, along with TT1, will take part in the Haute Route Alps cycling event to raise money for those affected by diabetes in developing countries where medical access is much more limited than in North America. The route will cover 770 kilometres and climb over 20,000 metres, in just seven days.
“There wasn’t anything to think about besides – am I able to physically do this?” she said. “But, shortly before Christmas I sat at the computer and pressed submit; that was that.”
Mikalachki explained she sees a lot of similarities between patients she serves at St. Joseph’s and those in need overseas.
“I’m very fortunate with the group I work with,” she said, adding a large part of the work the program does is with patients struggling with several social determinates of health including poverty and mental illness. “Both have so many struggles beyond diabetes. To me, my patients here are a very close match to the people I’m raising money to help.”
“They don’t have the same sort of access to things like meters, strips or insulin you need to manage diabetes,” Mikalachki explained, adding in some cases patients may have to walk for an entire day just to get to a clinic. “These are things we’d never even entertain as being a barrier to health, but they’re things they deal with everyday.”