Helping sick kids
JULIE Pearson has seen the struggle local families can go through when a child suffers from juvenile diabetes.
As diabetes educator at the Gold Coast Hospital she sees the regular injections and the meticulous diet monitoring, and knows it can be quite isolating.
So, as a way of getting children with Type One juvenile diabetes to meet others in their position, Ms Pearson runs a series of camps called Camp Diabetes. But, unfortunately, these excursions can be quite costly.
Enter the ladies' bowls club from Club Banora, who this week generously donated more than $5000 to the cause.
“Our weekend camps cost about $6000 and we have a week-long camp in September which costs up to $30, 000,” Ms Pearson said. “And we are all volunteers, so if it wasn't for these types of donations we'd be in a lot of trouble.”
The club handed over $5255 to help cover the cost of the next camp.
Secretary Janne Fraser said the money was raised through the club's annual charity day, where local produce, crafts, fashion accessories and plants were sold.
“It's also our 25th birthday this year, so we made up some recipe books that we sold on the day,” Ms Fraser said.
She said a further $100 would also be donated to Camp Diabetes courtesy of the Twin Towns War Veterans.
Ms Fraser and club president Margaret Walker felt good knowing the money was going to the kids.
“Margaret and I actually attended one of the camps last year and it was awesome,” Ms Fraser said. “We just loved it.”