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About Born to Run Foundation


The Born to Run Foundation is a registered Health Promotion Charity.

It is has ATO approved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, which means any donations made to the Foundation of $2 or more are tax deductible.

The purpose of Born to Run Foundation is very clear and focussed.

The Born to Run Foundation will undertake a range of activities to raise funds to contribute towards research efforts to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. In addition the Foundation intends to have a strong focus on implementing real and tangible initiatives that will help those with diabetes and depression improve their health and fitness, assisting them in reversing the adverse impacts of these diseases.

The conclusion of the March 2012 Baker IDI institute “Diabetes the Silent epidemic” report states the following:

“Diabetes represents a major and growing challenge to the health and economy of our nation. The size of the current and future impact of diabetes on individuals, families and communities mandates that the substantial work on its management done so far is significantly expanded. New interventions are needed, and established interventions must be made available to all who would benefit from them.

Adoption of healthy lifestyles is essential for the prevention of type 2 diabetes, but substantial progress in this area will only occur within a framework of societal and government support for and facilitation of appropriate lifestyle choices. Continued government funding for research to help find a cure and improved treatments for type 1 diabetes is essential as there is no mechanism for the prevention of this disease.”

By adopting the Born to Run Foundations mission – “Fitness for Fighting Diabetes”  the Foundation  intends to contribute to the “Framework for societal support for facilitation of appropriate lifestyle choices.” which will help to reduce the growing burden on individuals and society caused by the diabetes epidemic.


  1. Encourage, inspire and motivate people of all ages and backgrounds to improve their mental and physical health through running and exercise.
  2. Improve the public awareness of diabetes and depression, with particular emphasis on exercise and fitness as a component of managing these diseases.
  3. Development a range of tools and support services which will help Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, and people with depression and other mood disorders to incorporate exercise into their lives to improve their physical fitness and mental health, which will in turn reduce the side effects and complications of their disease.
  4. Fund medical research, with an emphasis on finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to identify suitable and promising research projects that have the potential to progress towards a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

The Born to Run Foundation has set an goal of developing a business model to enable it to make a $5 million funding commitment towards Type 1 diabetes research.

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