A $20,000 donation to Diabetes Alive from Canterbury League Club has helped purchase several life-saving insulin pumps for young children living with Type 1 diabetes.
Through Diabetes Alive’s Insulin Pump Program, the new insulin machines are donated to children from families who can’t afford private health insurance and are unable to afford one. The device offers children an opportunity to live a long healthy life, minimising the complications that are associated with uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
This year Diabetes Alive will be assisting William (2 years old), Poppy (3 years old), Sophie (3 years old), Elijah (4 years old), Lachlan (13 years old), Bailey (15 years old) and Ashlee (15 years old).
Without funding for the insulin pump machine, each child on average would have had to inject themselves 7 times a day, 49 times a week and this amounts to 2,555 injections in a year. The pump helps by cutting down the amount of time it takes for young children to inject themselves.
“The partnership between Canterbury League Club and Diabetes Alive has helped many young diabetics lead more regular everyday lives. No one enjoys testing themselves multiple times a day so it’s great that these pumps can bring some relief,” said George Coorey, Chairman of Canterbury League Club.