Scarborough restaurant owners want people to Dine for Diabetes

Diabetes Research WA's Sherl Westlund with Drift Kitchen owners Ryan and Anna Croll and their son Noah. Picture: Martin Kennealey d485159
Diabetes Research WA's Sherl Westlund with Drift Kitchen owners Ryan and Anna Croll and their son Noah. Picture: Martin Kennealey d485159

SCARBOROUGH restaurateurs Anna and Ryan Croll are hoping the cure for diabetes can be found through an appetite for good food.

The Drift Kitchen owners are hosting a three-course lunch fundraiser, Dine for Diabetes, on August 12 to raise money for Diabetes Research WA.

Mrs Croll was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18 and the birth of the couple’s first child this year has strengthened her resolve to find a cure.

“Diabetes can be incredibly draining because of the fact that you can never take your mind off it, it requires constant monitoring and planning in terms of eating, exercise and making sure you have equipment and food supply with you,” she said.

“It’s always in the back of your mind and is an added stress factor in your life and having a baby this year has added yet another dimension to it.

“I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through this if there was a way to avoid it and a cure is only possible through research.”

Diabetes Research WA executive director Sherl Westlund said though technological advances were improving the lives of many people with diabetes, it was still important to find a cure.

“Advances over the past decade have been breathtaking and life-changing,” she said.

“For example, there is now automated insulin delivery thanks to pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems involving sensors that, used together, can constantly self-adjust to keep blood sugar level in range rather than it having to be done manually – but it’s still not a cure,” she said.

Mrs Croll said it was possible to achieve near perfect blood sugar levels with current treatment but not to the same levels as someone without diabetes.

“The reality is that an increased blood sugar level does impact your body in the long term and it’s scary to think that your body might not last as long as someone without diabetes,” she said.

“With a cure there would at least be one less thing to worry about.”

Dine for Diabetes offers a specially designed lunch menu by head chef Jay Teserero for $70 per person.

Guests can enjoy a grazing board, slow cooked Cajun barbecue pork riblets, lamb backstrap, an array of seasonal vegetables and Denada Co ice cream.

What: Dine for Diabetes

When: Sunday, August 12, 12.30pm-3pm

Where: Drift Kitchen, Scarborough

Tickets: $70 from bit.ly/dinefordiabetesdrift