Grant awarded to type 1 diabetes kids camp

Tuesday, 24 January, 2023

Grant awarded to type 1 diabetes kids camp

A kids camp aimed at connecting and supporting children with type 1 diabetes has been awarded a Lotterywest grant, co-funded by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

A collaboration between Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) and Diabetes WA, the 2023 Superhero themed kids camp features morning fitness sessions, games, races, dress up discos and more.

“Our type 1 diabetes kids camps give children the opportunity to build their confidence by being away from their families, to have fun with their peers and to be supported to focus on self-care, while learning how to independently manage their diabetes throughout their stay,” said Melanie Gates, Diabetes WA CEO.

“We know how vital these activities are to creating a sense of community for West Australians with diabetes, particularly those younger members who might need extra support,” she said.

The grant was presented by Dr Katrina Stratton, Member for Nedlands, on The Kids’ Bridge — also named Koolangka Bridge — at Perth Childrens Hospital.

“It’s an honour to present this grant to Diabetes WA and PCH to help kids living with type 1 diabetes and to support such a great initiative.”

Image caption: (left to right) Annie Farinosi, PCH Camp Coordinator/Diabetes Nurse Educator; Amy Fiddes, Diabetes WA Community Education Coordinator; Dr Katrina Stratton MLA Member for Nedlands; Martin Boylen, Diabetes WA General Manager Marketing and Fundraising; Professor Elizabeth Davis, PCH Head of Department Endocrinology and Diabetes. Image: Supplied.

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