Help for a diabetic child
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
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.