Sir Eion’s interest in diabetes began in 1999. He was the first person asked to join a new Diabetes Business Group set up by Paul Bowe, then Vice-President of Diabetes NZ. This interest led Sir Eion and his wife Jan to set up the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research at the University of Otago in Dunedin. The couple donated $1 million to this diabetes centre in 2003. It is still thriving today and undertaking ground-breaking diabetes research.
Sir Eion Edgar, who is chairman of Forsyth Barr Group and is passionate about raising diabetes awareness has twice stepped up to help raise awareness and funds in our annual Diabetes NZ and Fitbit MoveMeant Challenge.