Pelican raises awareness of diabetes

Pelican BioThermal is a partner in an exciting global cycling challenge, which is helping raise awareness about diabetes.


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Pelican BioThermal is a partner in an exciting global cycling challenge, which is helping raise awareness about diabetes.

 

Photo credit: Riccardo Rocchi - For a piece of cake.
Photo credit: Riccardo Rocchi – For a piece of cake.

 

Pelican BioThermal, who specialise in the design and manufacture of temperature-controlled packaging serving the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry, are providing vital equipment necessary for one of the riders to transport their insulin during the yearlong cycling quest.

 

The pedal powered project, called For A Piece Of Cake, is an epic two-wheeled challenge being undertaken by riders Chiara Ricciardi and Riccardo Rocchi who will be riding a total of 18,000 km from Cesena, Italy to Singapore.

 

The intrepid Italian duo dubbed their project For A Piece Of Cake because construction engineer, Chiara has type 1 diabetes and “a slice of cake is an obvious pleasure for many, but an achievement for others”.

 

The cycling couple will use pedal power to navigate their way through numerous countries over continents and aim to complete an average 1,600 km a month.

 

The pedaling pair decided to use bicycles to embark on their expedition as exercise can help reduce the daily insulin requirement for people like Chiara suffering from diabetes type 1.

 

Rider Riccardo, a professional photographer, said: “The bicycles are slow means of transport that allow and oblige you to see everything that is on your way, not just to jump from one highlight to another, missing the authenticity of the region. Also, the bike means daily physical exercise, therefore a healthy lifestyle, for diabetic and non-diabetic people.

 

“Chiara does not want to defeat diabetes but she does want to show that it can be a fellow traveller in every pedal stroke from Cesena to Singapore.”

 

Tackling some of the toughest terrains, often via routes in remote regions in extreme weather conditions, means Chiara has to have her essential diabetes medication and equipment on board her bike throughout the entire epic journey and ensuring it remains at the right temperature is critical.

 

To maintain temperature stability for her vital diabetic drugs, Pelican BioThermal has supplied its Crēdo ProMed™, a robust, temperature-controlled portable medical transport bag designed for emergency first responders and medical couriers to ensure protected pharmaceuticals remain intact.

 

Paul Terry, Peli BioThermal’s Director of Sales EMEA, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this fantastic project. As a key partner we are proud to provide the vital products to help ensure Chiara and Riccardo can complete their incredible cycling challenge, while raising awareness about diabetes, a medical condition which affects more than 400 million people worldwide.”

 

During their cycling trek Chiara and Riccardo hope to inspire people living with diabetes and debunk some of the myths related to the condition.

 

Chiara added: “A safe and reliable method for storing and transporting insulin, like the Crēdo ProMed supplied by Pelican BioThermal, is vital to our trip and our peacefulness. We know we can rely on it.

 

“While on the road, we would like to emphasise the message that a healthy lifestyle and careful therapy can let anyone living with diabetes lead a life full of ambitions.”

 

The capabilities of Pelican BioThermal’s Credo ProMed being utilised by Chiara and accompanying her on board her bike, will be put to the test as the cycling duo navigate more remote regions and encounter extreme elements and varying temperatures.

 

The proficient product is part of Pelican BioThermal’s full suite of products and services which offer longevity, reusability and sustainability to provide the safe transport of pharmaceuticals, tissue, diagnostics/clinical trials, vaccines and blood samples.

 

To track the For A Piece Of Cake project progress go to http://www.forapieceofcake.com/en/statistiche