Eddie Chinnappan

Type 1 Challenge

My Story

I’m cycling 1100km over 6 days in the 2019 Type 1 Challenge to turn type one into type none!

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that can strike at any time. It affects more than 120,000 Australian families, and 7 people are diagnosed every day, especially in children. It’s a lifelong disease, requires daily management including multiple injections per day for the rest of the person's life. There is no cure.

Type 1 diabetes doesn't show physical attributes. It requires education within our society and schools to improve support. 

As a child and throughout school and university years I had classmates and relatives with Type 1 diabetes; but never understood, did not take time to understand the symptoms - frequent absence, prolonged absence, inability to play sports, constantly ill, wounds that don’t heal etc. As an uneducated child and with uneducated teachers at school we did not understand what was going on and we made these children “stand-out”. This was the case right up to university.

Shamefully I was one of those kids that teased or ignored my classmate for carrying needles to school, calling him weak when his wounds did not heal and panicked when he collapsed during recess.

Looking back, I was an idiot; wished there was better awareness, education and support for these kids.

It’s not too late for me to make a difference.

Let’s take a minute to reflect on children with this disease, and hopefully contribute to making their lives better starting with your donation.

Thank you!

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Lashan Karunaratne_pdua

Go Chinnappan

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Harika Sekhar Jampana

Go Eddie..!! a very good cause

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Nathan Bell

Way to go Eddie! A great initiative and a great commitment by yourself to promote this cause!

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Julian Wong

Good luck Eddie. Our family can somewhat relate to what life is like living with these types of medical conditions. My wife had GD whilst pregnant and our 1yr old has a number of allergies. Hopefully these donations can help find a cure for T1D and make life easier especially for kids.

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Yl

Please say Hi to those Pandas for me!! Good Luck!

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Andrew Penn

Such a great cause. Good luck!

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Craig Schafner

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Min Choon Lee

Great cause, go Eddie!

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Gomathi Kota

Thanks to you Eddie!! I have lost a close friend to type 1 diabetes. This is the least I could do

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Sam Kiokakis

Go Eddie!

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Nathan Stevens

Go Eddie!!

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Wayne Lotter

Thanks for doing this - such a great cause, and raising awareness too.

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Rene Ten Kortenaar

Als iemand het kan ben jij het! 💪🏼

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Harsh Tandon

Go Eddie !!!

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Eelco Van Der Zande

Go Eddie. Lots of appreciation for you taking this challenge!

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Maria Tsiaplis

Go Eddie! What a great cause - my family has been impacted by Type1 diabetes and we are looking forward to a cure.

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Avi Samson

Good luck you idiot. Lovely to hear you openly talk about your experiences. Great cause.

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Calvin Noronha

Good luck and thank you Eddie. This is a great cause! Appreciate your efforts for raising awareness about this.

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Mineesh

Make sure to have lots of fish curry!!

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Buddah

You’re my inspiration.

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Sreepad K

Thanks for bringing the awareness Eddie.

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Tanu Suri

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Kelly Schultz

Great cause eddie - can't count how many T1D kids I have come across - happy to support a cure (even if it means you in lycra in public :-P)

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Scott Taylor

Go Eddie

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Kevin Dillon

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Doug Henderson

Go Eddie! Higher the better with the leg shave I'm told ;) Doug

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Craig Abraham

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Abhishek H

Go Eddie! All the best.

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Bhrigu Sharma

Love you Eddie :)

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Stormy

Well done Eddie. Great work

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Kate Hickman

Good luck, living with autoimmune conditions myself, this is great to see you turn your childhood into a learning.

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Michael Dompedro

Great cause Eddie, well done. All the best on your ride.

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Arvie

Weldone Eddie! Keep up the good work!

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Guru Iyngkaran

If you dont finish I want my money back

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Stuart Partridge

Go you good thing go!

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Eddie Chinnappan

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Farah Zhang

$31.20

David Bennetts

Legend

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Anonymous

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Manish Sarswat

Keep it going Eddie

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Anonymous

Well done mate. Good luck.

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Girish P

All the very Best! Cycle for cause!

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Rhys Hesse

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Jack Selva

Cock

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Anonymous

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Joshua Holmes

Well done Eddie, a very worthy cause!

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Dusan Ivanovic

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Mathew H

Keep going mate! Good job!

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Sam Shaheen

Hope the butt punishing, exfoliating and fox fights help you achieve your huge bodacious goal. All the best on the day!

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Mark Jenkins

All the best and a great cause. Burn those calves

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James Riley

Just keep turning them over Eddie!

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Darya Ahmadi

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Tris

sorry it's not more #skint

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Shaun Thaddeus

Pedal it out for a great cause and put the fun in between your legs! ❤️🚲

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Vijayakumar Vm

All the Best

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Manish Kumar Sarswat

All the best Eddie!

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Tracy

Go Eddie! good work!

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Jarrod Lilkendey

Very impressive Eddie, it's for a great cause

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Gary Kirby @ Telstra