Help for a di­a­betic child

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA McLEAY

Type one di­a­betes can dis­rupt a child’s life dras­ti­cally – in­jec­tions be­tween four and eight times a day and con­stant mon­i­tor­ing of sugar lev­els are not easy rou­tines for a small child to grasp.

In sup­port of chil­dren suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes, Re­doubt Bar and Eatery has joined forces with lo­cal trades­men and put to­gether an auc­tion style fundraiser in the hope of rais­ing enough to buy one child at Di­a­betes Youth Mata­mata an in­sulin pump.

Di­a­betes Youth Mata­mata co­or­di­na­tor Rochelle Richard­son said this was such an amaz­ing thing for a lo­cal busi­ness to sup­port.

‘‘A pump can cost close to $7500 so we are very, very thank­ful for this.’’

The fundraiser is on Satur­day March 26 at 7pm, at Re­doubt.

Var­i­ous trades­men around Mata­mata are auc­tion­ing off their time, from three hours of build­ing to five hours of join­ery.

Type one di­a­betes is an au­toim­mune de­fi­ciency where the pan­creas stops pro­duc­ing in­sulin. This is dif­fer­ent to type two di­a­betes which can be con­trolled through diet and ex­er­cise.

An in­sulin pump can help sig­nif­i­cantly as it cuts down the in­jec­tions to once ev­ery three days. The pump, the size of an av­er­age cell phone, is clipped onto a band that sits around the hip and a small tube is put into the skin where in­sulin is pumped through.

Mrs Richard­son said it not only im­proves the child’s qual­ity of life but al­lows the par­ent to mon­i­tor their child’s in­sulin a lot eas­ier.

‘‘It takes a lot of the fric­tion away and gives them a bet­ter way of life. Chil­dren do have to over­come a psy­cho­log­i­cal change with it though but it gives them a bet­ter con­trol of their di­a­betes later in life.’’

Mrs Richard­son has seen first hand the so­cial, phys­i­cal and men­tal ef­fects on a child who has type one di­a­betes be­cause her sev­enyear-old son Matthew has it.

Matthew is get­ting a pump at the end of the month and she is very pleased that through this fundraiser an­other Mata­mata child will also re­ceive one.

‘‘This is such a neat thing for Re­doubt to do.

‘‘ Di­a­betes is

some­thing

they have to deal with ev­ery day on a daily ba­sis and this can make it eas­ier for them.’’

Re­doubt man­ager Ja­cob Hen­der­son has a sis­ter with type one di­a­betes.

He said she was re­cently given a pump so he has seen the dif­fer­ence it can make to some­one’s life.

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