About 230 people, including 50 children with type 1 diabetes,
attended Diabetes Queensland's first Diabuddies Day at Nerang's
Terrin Training, with most of the children wearing Super Hero
The day, held on March 2, was free for children under 15 living
with diabetes and their siblings.
The picture above is a montage of the children's handprints
collected when they visited the activity table. Batman visited in
his Batmobile, tug-o-wars were waged, obstacle courses were
conquered, rock walls were scaled, and lunch was enjoyed.
This inaugural Diabuddies Day was held thanks to the generosity
of the Geoff Booth Foundation, which is administered by Karen and
Paul Manning, whose granddaughter lives with type 1 diabetes.
We're planning to host several Diabuddies Days across Queensland
this year. Stay tuned for more information in future editions of
In addition to the DiaBuddies Days, Diabetes Queensland
continues to coordinate type 1 family seminars and provide grants
for diabetes kids' camps.
We recently hosted a type 1 family seminar in Ipswich on
February 25 where 14 type 1 families gathered to hear from Clinical
Psychologist Dr Alan Heady and local Diabetes Educator Jane
Keely Beutel also shared her story about managing her diabetes
from age 10, successfully graduating from year 12 and now working
as a teacher's aid. Keely told the group how much she loves every
minute of her job and how she has embraced all the new technologies
to help her manage her diabetes. Afterwards, the kids enjoyed an
activity facilitated by the Bazil Grumble Company.
In early March, 22 type 1 kids attended Diabetes Camp on the
Sunshine Coast at QCCC Mapleton. The Glawry Association hosted
their family camp in mid-March at Tyalgum Ridge Retreat, which was
attended by more than 35 families.
Camp Diabetes will be running their young guns camp at the QCCC
Mapleton on the Sunshine Coast from June 14 to 16. This weekend
camp is for young people in the 13 to 18 years age group. This camp
is action packed and with plenty of time for teenagers to sit, talk
and share their diabetes experiences. If your kids are
interested in attending, register early as these camps book up
quickly. This camp is externally coordinated. To register for these
camps contact the camp provider directly at Camp Diabetes.
Diabetes Queensland will be hosting type 1 family seminars for
the parents and carers of young people living with type 1 diabetes
at the following dates and locations:
- Sunshine Coast March 28 at the Maroochy RSL
- Kenmore Library April 2
- Townsville Mercure May 2
- North Lakes Health Precinct on June 6
These events are free and fully subsidised by the Federal
These events provide a great opportunity for parents and their
children to meet others dealing with similar issues. Guest
presenters will include a local psychologist and a young adult who
will share their experiences about being a teenager living with
type 1 diabetes. The kids will also get to have some time out from
the parents and enjoy an activity coordinated by the Bazil Grumble
Registrations are essential so please call the NDSS Helpline on
1300 136 588.
These events are listed
on the Diabetes Queensland website's What's On page.