Through our various fundraising campaigns we also work to highlight the impact of and raise the profile of diabetes, break the stigma that is so often attached to diabetes and to challenge public perceptions about diabetes. We advocate for all Tasmanians who live with all types of diabetes and fund vital diabetes research both here in Tasmania and through our annual donation to the Diabetes Australia Research Program.
A little about some of these important areas:
Our children’s Type One Diabetes Family Camp, which is run for parents, siblings and children up to the age of 6 who live with diabetes and our Young Adult Retreat, supporting young adults aged 18 to 24 years, are both fully funded through our own fundraising.
Diabetes Family camp helps our children in more ways than one. Not only does it give our children and importantly their parents the confidence to manage their diabetes but it also offers the opportunity to develop support networks with other people “who just get it”. The lived and shared experience of diabetes camp builds confidence not only in the child but also in the parents and siblings who attend and lets them know they are not alone.
Our Young Adult Retreat takes these young people out to explore the wilderness with old and newfound friends. This experience challenges boundaries and encourages learning about how to manage diabetes, whilst being more physically active. Campers have support from a diabetes educator, dietitian and leaders from Dooloomai, a Bush Adventure Therapy group who encourage learning through adventure in our beautiful Tasmanian outdoors.
These camps provide opportunities for lifelong learning and importantly the formation of lifelong friendship and support. Critical factors when living with a chronic disease for the rest of your life.
Supporting research is incredibly important as it is through research that the scientific advances made can help to improve the lives of people with diabetes, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes Tasmania is proud to contribute funding both nationally and locally to support research.
As part of this commitment for over 7 years we have funded a local University of Tasmania PhD candidate, whose research is in the area of diabetes, to complete their studies Supporting our next generation of researchers is vital if we are to make inroads into understanding diabetes and how we can improve the lives of people who live with the disease.
The Diabetes Australia Research Program is a commitment to Australia’s world-leading diabetes researchers. Diabetes Australia is especially interested in supporting innovative research and up and coming diabetes researchers. We are proud to commit to this program annually, to learn more about the Program visit Diabetes Australia’s research page, or watch some of the Program’s researchers talk about their research on the Diabetes Australia YouTube channel.
If you would like to know more about where the money goes please contact us via the contact us page. You can also view our annual reports here.
*Diabetes Tasmania holds a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible