Kids living with Type 1 Diabetes were literally blown away when the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter dropped in at the Diabetes WA and Princess Margaret Hospital kids’ camp in Bicton last month.
The landing demonstration was just one of a host of activities and physical challenges the 11 and 12-year-olds got to experience at the camp, which aims to provide children with new skills and confidence in managing their diabetes in a variety of environments.
Activities included high ropes, rafting, pool games, team-building activities, education sessions and disco in an environment where having Type 1 Diabetes was the norm rather than the exception.
Children’s Diabetes Centre co-director Professor Elizabeth Davis said this year’s camp, which had a rock-star theme, was momentous as it was the first time that continuous glucose monitors were used at the event.
“Many of the 36 kids got to use the monitors for the first time,” Professor Davis said.
“This means not only do the kids enjoy a few days away, totally supported by PMH and Diabetes WA staff, their parents are confident any potentially serious lows will be detected and treated even before they happen.”