DiaBuddies Days give kids the chance to jump, flip and twist with new friends

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Nineteen families from the Wide Bay district who have a child living with type 1 diabetes attended their first DiaBuddies Day recently.


The day, hosted by Diabetes Queensland, was held at the Bundaberg Flip Out Trampoline Centre. The children were supervised while they jumped, flipped and twisted in a safe environment as they experienced a Little Ninjas' Program.


Many of the 63 people who attended were dressed as their favourite superhero. Willow Reid and Theodore McLaughlin won the "Best-Dressed Superhero" prizes.


The Allgood and McNair families won the fruit and vegetable hampers donated by Brisbane Markets.


Nery Taylor, Mia Beer and Kieran Connolly won the carbohydrate counting competitions.


The day was organised to enable children aged 0 to 14 years old living with type 1 diabetes, along with their siblings, parents and carers, to make new friendships and create community networks while having a whole lot of fun.


Some of our adult members have told us they enjoy seeing the kids at such days as many did not have the opportunity to meet other children with type 1 when they were younger.


"I was diagnosed 36 years ago at 11," said Rachelle Swan, Diabetes Queensland Consumer and Business Support officer. "When I was a child, I was the only student who had diabetes in a large school. I felt so isolated.


"It was hard because I didn't know even one person with diabetes.


"My saving grace was camps in Townsville once a year, which were family camps. My brother and sister felt like they had freedom because I was supported and Mum and Dad could relax."


Diabetes Queensland also hosted a Moreton Bay DiaBuddies Day recently at Camp Warrawee in Joyner. Click here to see the Facebook Album.


Queensland's next DiaBuddies Day is in Cairns on Saturday, October 26, from 10am-2pm at Jump Mania Trampoline Park, Shop 118a, Raintrees Shopping Centre, on the corner of Koch and Alfred Street, Manunda.


There will also be a Rockhampton DiaBuddies Day on November 9 at the Capricorn Caves, and a Brisbane DiaBuddies Day on December 7 at Urban Extreme Ski and Adventure Park, Hendra.


Check Diabetes Queensland's What's On for further details.


Don't be disappointed as places are limited and bookings are essential.


Call Diabetes Queensland on 1800 177 055 or email to register your family today.

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