DC Beryl Simpson and her team facilitated a two day Diabetes Awareness Camp from 04 to 05 April 2018 for twenty five children suffering from the disease. Unfortunately at the last minute seven of these children had to cancel but the remaining eighteen children were certainly treated to two days that they will never forget.
DC Beryl was assisted by DG Geila, 1st VDG Rocky, LP Hilary van Breda and Lion Natalie Abrahams of the Lions Club of Groote Schuur and Lion Sonia Caswell from the Lions Club of Deep South, and well as two Diabetes SA representatives, Carol and Vanessa.
The children who were aged between 12 – 16 years old were treated to two days of beach awareness studies, shell studies, a snake show, mini-Olympics, bird watching, a night hike, concerts etc. The theme for the camp was Being in Diabetes Denial – Coping with Diabetes.
The children were split into three groups. Each group had a leader as well as one Lion to guide them. Each group carried a well equipped bag containing a HGT metre, a packet of marie biscuits, sugar free cold drink, fruit and a first aid kit at all times. The children always had their water bottles with them and all had their own blood glucose monitor with them. Before going on any of the excursions, each child would have their blood glucose tested. Testing took place at 03h00 and 06h00 while the children were sleeping.
At the camp the children met new friends, learnt communication skills and how to develop their social skills. They were taught how to manage their diabetes away from home and they were also well trained about the signs and symptoms of their illness. They were taught how to take good care of their health and how to support one another. The camp also ensured that their leadership skills were enhanced, they gained self confidence and developed a positive behaviour and respect for one another. They also learned how to do things on their own as well as working together as a team.
Well done to DC Beryl and the team – you certainly can be proud of yourselves for yet another successful Lions Project.
TOP SECRET! We’d like to introduce to you District 410A’s “Secret Agent” in the Lions Clubs International “commission” to raise Diabetes Awareness.
DC Beryl Simpson, (not her real name!) , a member of the Lions Club of Newlands, has been working “under cover” for the duration of the Lionistic year. Her “mission” – to encourage each Club in the District to conduct a Diabetes Awareness/Health related project.
To date, 63 Diabetes related projects have been completed, a sign that the “operation” is succeeding. 2073 glucose tests have been completed of which 1231resulted in further medical assistance being required.
In addition DC Beryl successfully convened a Strides Walk for Diabetes Awareness in November 2017, has given numerous talks on the subject at various functions/projects, and more recently encouraged Lions to become “field agents” at the Cape Town Big Walk which took place from 14 – 17 March 2018 at the Crawford Campus in Crawford. While she and her team diligently tested 517 people, Lions Clubs were given the opportunity to use their “observation” skills and promote Lionism at the Expo. Of the 517 people tested, 39 were found to have high HGT and following medical investigations it was found that 23 of these people were unaware that they had contracted Diabetes.
But this is not all, DC Beryl’s latest “mission” was to convene a camp for children living with Diabetes. DC Beryl “infiltrated” the Soetwater Holiday Resort where she “smuggled” in 25 children who had been selected by Sister April at the Tygerberg Hospital and treated them to two days of interactive games, talks and fun – all related to Diabetes Awareness. DC Beryl used her “surveillance” skills to entice Clubs in District 410A to sponsor the children who attended the camp, and following a lot of “under cover intelligence”, local businesses were approached to sponsor food, bread, cold drinks etc. Trained medical staff were on hand at the camp which took place from 04-05 April 2018 and was a huge success.
So, now that her “cover” has been blown, let’s congratulate DC Beryl on a very successful year and her “assignment” which, although is still ongoing, has been accomplished!
Still looking for that all important tick against Lion’s signature project – Diabetes? Please be aware that DC Beryl Simpson has organised a Diabetes Camp for children which will take place at Soetwater on 04 and 05 April 2018 during the upcoming school holidays.
25 diabetic children who come from various communities have been selected by Sister April at the Tygerberg Hospital. The children are understandably very excited and in order to make this a wonderful two-day experience that they will always remember, Clubs are invited to sponsor a child at a cost of R1000.00 and thus earn that “Tick” against this core service project. Your sponsorship is inclusive of:
- Safe transport to and from the camp (including snacks for the diabetic children during the trip)
- All meals for the children and care-givers
- Goodie bags for the children containing diabetic-related items
- Regular testing of each child as necessary
- The assistance of 3 Diabetic SA employees
- The services of 4 Lion Volunteers
The camp will be facilitated and supervised by Diabetes SA and there will be a minimum of three trained nurses on site the entire time and will be run under the auspices of Lions. The children will attend training and lectures as well as play games pertinent to diabetes.
Should you wish to participate please RSVP with your POP by Friday, 23 March 2018 to the District Office or contact DC Beryl Simpson directly on Cell: 083 768 9684. Banking details for the Lions District Projects Account are as follows:
Bank: FNB/Account No. 50263054899/Branch Code: 201409/Account Holder: Lions Int District 410A/Reference: Diabetes Camp.