Join us in the sumptuous dancehalls of The Old Town – Habana Vieja – where the strains of the trumpet mingle with laidback Spanish guitar. Vintage Cadillacs line the streets and pastel-hued colonial buildings crumble artistically. Time stands still here as the outside world floats away, replaced by the flavours and colours of the Caribbean.

Swap the Australian winter for steamy Habana nights with JDRF.

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The must-not-miss event with the

1.5 million dollar


Be transported to vintage Cuba with JDRF, and contribute to a national total of more than $1.5 million raised. You hold the key to funding more of the world’s best research into type 1 diabetes and its complications.

The Cause

Type 1 diabetes

More than 120,000 Australians and their families are facing the daily burden of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

T1D is caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself, destroying cells within the pancreas that produce insulin. Without insulin, the body literally starves as it cannot process food. People with T1D must receive a constant supply of insulin to stay alive, as well as endure painful fingerpricks around 6-8 times a day to help keep their blood glucose levels under control.

There is no way to prevent T1D, and currently no cure.

JDRF is the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D.

JDRF supported 44 research projects in Australia alone last year, each a potential pathway to our vision of a world without type 1 diabetes.

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event in town

Nearly 2,000 people attend Gala events across Australia to publicly support JDRF alongside their peers in the philanthropy and business communities. JDRF Galas are known for their entertainment, fantastic hospitality, and for leaving guests feeling moved and inspired. Speakers set the scene as to the latest and most exciting endeavours in type 1 diabetes research, and what this means for the 120,000 Australians living with type 1 diabetes.


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