YWD hosted a total of 9 camps this year for 379 children (including Botswana and Namibia).
Our campers gain new skills in managing their condition through the peer-to-peer system which YWD employs. Among other things, children learn about the effects of carbohydrates on their blood glucose, the importance of injection site rotations, and home ketone management to avoid hospital admissions.
Other than the educational aspect of camps, children and teens also gain invaluable psychosocial support from attending our camps. By being with other children living with diabetes we help eliminate feelings of isolation and difference. Our Youth Leaders serve as role models to campers and also act as mentors, not only in diabetes but also academics, sport and social aspects of growing up.
In 2014 we implemented a new revamped leadership trianing camp. We developed, packaged and printed an official curriculum with the assistance of a professional developer, graphic designer and facilitator. This high quality material will be used in the future to train additional leaders and will contribute to marketing our youth leadership program in future. From 10 – 14 July 2014, 46 Youth Leaders attended the YWD leadership camp at Achterbergh Camp and Conference Centre in Krugersdorp. This served as phase 1 of our new designed three tiered leadership program.
This year YWD resented our teacher training material to five different schools around Gauteng. We also hosted an elegant breakfast for mothers of children with diabetes on 30 August 2014 in Johannesburg. A total of 60 moms were given the opportunity to share their challenges and build their personal network of support. We had the support of our sponsors who set up a tables at the venue to answer questions about their products and/or services.
YWD organised and facilitated a diabetes educational day at The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on 30 August 2014 for 20 children and their families. Children were educated specifically on hypo- and hyperglycaemia, and participated in fun activities with a free lunch.
YWD hosted a stand at the Centre of Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) Annual Forum at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre on 8-10 August 2014. We supplied general information about our camps; displayed new educational material; offered low-carb cupcakes that delegates could decorate as an interactive activity; hosted a raffle with the prize of a unique painting created by one of our members; and networked with other industry partners. YWD also attended a diabetes health day hosted by Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton on 8 November 2014.
In support of the IDF’s World Diabetes Day theme, YWD hosted a “Go Blue for Breakfast” campaign during the month November 2014. Facebook members were encouraged to include a blue item in their healthy breakfast and upload a photo of this with the carbohydrate count to our group. YWD attended the diabetes awareness event hosted at the CDE in Houghton, Johannesburg on 14 November 2014. We also had media coverage by SABC 2, PowerFM and eNCA.