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VU joins dogged pursuit of Juvenile Diabetes

For the fourth year running, Victoria University (VU) has joined forces with the LeasePlan Western Bulldogs to organise the annual Western Region Community Bike Ride to be held on Sunday 23 November 2008. It is a fun way for the entire family to enjoy getting on their bikes to explore Melbourne's western region.

This popular event raises community awareness of healthy living and exercise, and environmentally friendly transport in the western suburbs. Importantly, it also raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Juvenile Diabetes affects more than 140,000 Australians and that the incidence rate is increasing by 3 per cent a year.

This year's ride starts at the Yarraville Gardens (corner of Hyde St and Somerville Rd, Yarraville), and there are three different routes to choose from, which cater for every fitness and bike riding level - a 40 kilometre ride; a 25 kilometre ride for more experienced bike riders; and a 5 kilometre ride which is perfect for families. But remember, you don't need a bike to join in - why not just walk the 5 kilometre route with family, friends, or campus colleagues to improve fitness and have some fun.

After the bike ride participants can ease their tired muscles with a massage from VU students who are studying remedial massage. They can stay around for some terrific family entertainment, or relax and listen to some fabulous music provided by a five member VU student band called 'Step On It' - playing top 40 covers and contemporary pop rock.

To register for the event:

Where: Yarraville Gardens, Cnr Hyde St and Somerville Rd, Yarraville
When: Sunday 23 November, 2008
Time: 9:00 am

Media Contact:
Andy Gash, Snr. Media Officer
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
Ph: (03) 9919 4950; mobile: 0411 255 900

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