An intrepid pair of cyclists are almost half way through their epic adventure from Italy to Singapore, raising awareness about diabetes along the way.
The pedal-powered project, called For a Piece of Cake, is being undertaken by Riccardo Rocchi and Chiara Ricciardi, who suffers from type 1 diabetes.
The title is symbolic because because for a diabetic, a slice of cake is more than simple pleasure, it’s an achievement.
Chiara is being supported by Leighton-based Peli BioThermal, which designs the vital temperature-controlled equipment she needs for her insulin supplies.
The company has provided Chiara with its Credo ProMed, a robust medical transport bag usually used by emergency first responders and medical couriers to ensure protected pharmaceuticals remain intact.
Chiara said: “One challenge is keeping my insulin cool – we have to plan our trip in order to find a freezer every 73 hours. But making such a journey with diabetes is a big opportunity to show how this disease shouldn’t stop anybody.” The couple were in the saddle on World Diabetes Day on November 14.
Company spokesman Adam Tatz said: “Raising awareness of the condition which affects more than 400 million people worldwide is critical. Their efforts are inspirational and we’re confident will continue to shine a light on this global health issue.”