Friday, May 13th, 2011 - The Italian Connection
One of the leading players in Australia’s convenience store industry has joined forces with a little-known charity to help fight the biggest killer you have never heard of.

UCB is a buying group for convenience stores and service stations with 1150 retail members across Australia, including the 60 stores under its own fast&ezy banner.

UCB’s management is committed to raising funds for the Duchenne Foundation, which looks after children – and their families – who have been struck down by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a neuro-muscular disorder that causes skeletal and cardiac muscles to fail.

One of the Foundation’s big fundraisers is the Italian Connection Trophy, a touring road event which this year leaves ‘Little Italy’ in Melbourne (Carlton) on Friday, May 20 and arrives in ‘Little Italy’ in Sydney (Leichhardt) on Sunday, May 22.

Entrants are assured of having fun, especially during the overnight stops in Myrtleford (northern Victoria) and Gundagai (southern NSW). Both towns provide lots of good Italian food and wine to welcome competitors each day and Myrtleford has a special Italian Festa to celebrate the event.

The ICT is only conducted on tarmac roads and is open to any type of European car, of any age. UCB’s Andrew Flynn will compete in this year’s rally to kick off the group’s fundraising commitments – and he has his fingers crossed that his 1957 Porsche Speedster will be up to the task.

“We only recently heard about DMD and the Foundation, but we immediately wanted to help,” Andrew says.

“We were stunned to learn that a boy diagnosed with DMD will stop walking by the age of 12 and die in his late teens or early 20s. Around 35 per cent of all cases are the result of random genetic mutation, which means any of us could produce a child with this terrible disease.

“Because the UCB team and most of our members have children, we prefer to support charities that look after children, and this certainly fits our parameters.

“The real tragedy is that there’s no cure. We can only hope that well-funded research will find one and, with that goal in mind, everyone in our company wanted to be involved.

“We want to help the Foundation with some money for research as well as helping their work with patients and their families trying to cope with such a terrible diagnosis.”

Andrew says the rally is not the start and finish of UCB’s commitment to the Foundation this year.
“We’ve also asked them to present to our members and suppliers at our annual UCB conference in October, and we’re planning a number of activities between now and then to get them all more involved.

“As someone who has spent a lot of time at Westmead Children’s Hospital, I have huge sympathy for parents who are dealing with a very ill child. A disease like DMD is a terrible diagnosis for a child, but it also has a huge impact on everyone else in the family. We at UCB certainly hope we can help make a difference.”
Entry fee for the Italian Connection Trophy is $2300, which covers breakfast, dinner and accommodation for both the driver and co-driver. Money will also be raised through other activities over the weekend.

Numbers are limited but there are a few entries still available. Check the website:

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UCB is a buying group for convenience stores and service stations with 1150 retail members across Australia, including the 60 stores under its own fast&ezy banner.



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