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Rotary donation supports kids with diabetes

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From left: Acting Manager of Bundaberg Health Service Foundation Brant Duff, Director of Paediatrics Judy Williams, Dietitian Pia McKee, and President of Rotary Club of Bundaberg Chris Foley.

The Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise has donated more than $2000 to the Bundaberg Hospital Paediatrics team, which will enable five local children with type one diabetes to attend a Diabetes Queensland camp.

The camps promote education and support for children with type one diabetes.

Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise got behind the cause and made the donation after an inspiring presentation by members of the local Paediatric Diabetes Camp team.

President Chris Foley said the presentation led to Rotarians discussing how they could support the cause.

That discussion lead to a donation of more than $2000, which will enable five local children diagnosed with type the chance to go to one of the diabetes camps.

“Our club were able to hear about the fantastic work the Paediatric Diabetes Camp does for children who have the condition and it prompted us to make a donation so local children could benefit from attending the camp,” Mr Foley said.

“The donation will enable five local children to attend the camp when it next runs, which will depend on the recovery from COVID-19.

“In addition to our club supporting these children, the local Interact club at St Luke’s Bundaberg school fundraised and made a contribution to the cause.”

According to Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Clinical Director of Paediatrics, Dr Judy Williams, the camps are designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents with type one diabetes as well as their parents and carers.

She praised the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise for their commitment to supporting local children with diabetes.

 “It’s a wonderful donation from the Rotarians that ensures our young people with type one diabetes can attend a camp where they meet other children with the condition and take part in fun and educational exercises,” Dr Williams said.

“There are different programs for juniors and seniors where they get to share their own experiences, hear from their peers who are living with the condition, take part in physical activities and gain the knowledge and skills they need to manage the condition independently.

“Unfortunately, the risks involved with the COVID-19 pandemic led to the camp being cancelled this year, but we plan to honour the donation by supporting children to attend future camps.”

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