Cairns and Rockhampton kids meet their DiaBuddies

Rockydia Bud _cropChildren who live with type 1 diabetes attended local DiaBuddies Days in both cities to get to know others who live with the same condition.


Both events were organised by Diabetes Queensland.


More than 40 people attended the Cairns DiaBuddies held at Jump Mania Trampoline Park on October 26. This included 10 children who live with type 1 as well as their families and friends.


The event was a chance to connect with other families, while the children met others who also live with diabetes.


A young woman, Kim Kerr, spoke to the families about her journey growing up with type 1 diabetes.


The event had a superhero theme and many of the children came dressed in costumes of their favourite hero.


The best dressed prizes were won by Illyana Luke and Christopher Willcock. Other winners included the Willcock and Anderson families who picked up the fruit & veggie hampers. Kyden Luke, Tanya Phillips and Ryan McKellar won the carb counting competition while Tommy Phillips and Erin McKellar won the Halloween colouring competition.


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In Rockhampton, DiaBuddies was held at "The Caves" on Saturday, November 9.

The junior type 1 community got a taste of adventure caving, rock climbing, and visited the magnificent Cathedral Caves.




The event was made even more special when Diabetes Queensland had the chance to present Annette Gamble with her 50-year Kellion medal, surrounded by people who wished her well.


Alex Dunn, a young Rockhampton woman, also generously shared her experience and journey of growing up with type 1.


The best dressed superhero prizes in Rockhampton were won by Hannah Van Zinderen and Bohdan Petryshen with the Golderberg-Humphreys and Coady families winning the fruit and veggie hampers. The carbohydrate count competitions were won by Janine Van Zinderen, Willow Reid and Vaughn Goldenberg. World Diabetes Day colour-in competition was won by Chase, Ivy and Barney.

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