Children 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
In Rockhampton, DiaBuddies was held at "The Caves" on Saturday,
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