WBHHS welcomes support from Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise for paediatric diabetes cause
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has received a generous donation to enable local children with type 1diabetes to attend a future educational camp.
Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise got behind the cause and decided to make 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 and deciding the sponsor local children to attend.
“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.”
WBHHS Clinical Director of Paediatrics Dr Judy Williams 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 1 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.”
The Paediatric Diabetes Camps are run by Diabetes Queensland and more information about the camps can be found at: https://www.diabetesqld.org.au/type-1-diabetes/junior-and-senior-kids-camps/