School holiday fun for kids living with type 1 diabetes - Diabetes WA
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It was all fun and games for children, living with type 1 diabetes, during the school holidays at the Rock Stars Kids Camp.Diabetes WA type 1 kids camp 2019

Diabetes WA and Perth Children’s Hospital hosted a three-day camp for children, aged 11 and 12, living with type 1 diabetes.

The camp was designed to give children living with type 1 diabetes the opportunity to try new things in a safe and structured environment.

They had a great time taking part in activities such as archery, abseiling, mountain biking, craft and performing arts. These activities allowed them to develop their leadership and team building skills.

It was also a great opportunity to have fun with other kids in a similar situation to them. For many participants, this is their only chance to meet other kids living with type 1 diabetes.

“Diabetes should not stop children, living with diabetes, from enjoying experiences that children not living with diabetes take for granted.” Says Sophie McGough, Health Services Operations Manager at Diabetes WA.

To increase their skills, confidence and independence in managing their diabetes, the children also attended formal and informal education sessions structured to increase their understanding of type 1 diabetes in various situations.

They were lucky enough to meet Jake Burton, a Motorsport Driver, who shared his experiences of living with type 1 diabetes.

The camp ran from 15 – 18 April 2019 at Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre and was partly funded through Lottery West.

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