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With her granddaughter diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a toddler, Perth artist Norah Murphy has long been inspired to give to West Australian diabetes research.

The Cottesloe resident has donated to Diabetes Research WA since 2010 – and each month since November 2014 – and is now boosting her support for the organisation by hosting a fundraising art exhibition in Peppermint Grove in June. More than a dozen original sketches and paintings created in her studios in Fremantle and at her home. “It’s so important to find a cure for diabetes and highlight the plight of little ones getting diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, like my granddaughter Georgia was at the age of 2,” said Ms Murphy, who also has a family member impacted by type 2 diabetes.

Merging artistic passion with the desire to give back to diabetes research is a gift that keeps on giving, so if you have an idea whether that be painting, cooking, photography – we encourage you to pick up the phone and have a chat. It's an easy way to contribute and have fun along the way.

Ms Murphy’s exhibition will run from Thursday, June 17  to  27 at The Grove Library (1 Leake St, Peppermint Grove) during library opening hours.

Part proceeds of the event will be channelled into Diabetes Research WA charity’s 2022 Research Grants, which will be announced in November this year.

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Jamie Cripps, who is a key West Coast Eagles forward, joined us in July 2019 as our latest Sports Ambassador.

Since then Jamie has spearheaded our first successful crowdfunding campaign Help Crippa Kick Diabetes Research Goals raising more than $60,000 for our 2021 research program. One significant research grant was named in his honour in 2020.

Jamie told us “I haven't let diabetes stop me from playing AFL or doing anything else I dreamt about. But diabetes can be difficult to manage even with new technologies – I think about it every day.  We can’t give up on finding a cure”.

Jamie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a week before the AFL national draft in 2010 at the age of 18. He had to learn how to manages his diabetes with daily insulin injections and careful monitoring of his blood glucose levels.

Jamie was admitted to hospital seriously ill but he’s learned to tackle the challenge head-on and is now doing his bit to raise funds for research. “I’m grateful I can manage my diabetes well thanks to research advances, including the discovery of insulin many years ago, but I definitely lost some freedom when I was diagnosed – it’s a burden I would definitely like to live without,” explained Jamie.

“I’m hopeful that by taking on this role with Diabetes Research WA, I can highlight the need for more research into all forms of diabetes.”

You can stil help Crippa kick more research goals here 

Like to see the different ways and events where you can help us? Take a look at Everyday Hero It's easier than you think. Grab your tribe and help us do our research!

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These guys are amazing. And they have pushed themselves to the limit.....we're so proud. Our support squad keeps growing. From all of us at DRWA thank you!

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