Diabetes Qld supports families and children living with T1

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 outfits.

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 One Wonders.

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 Deganaars.

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 Government’s NDSS.

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 Company.

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.

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