Camp Yellow Bird July 15-22, 2016 Moneague College, St Ann.

Donate and Support: Help change the life of a youth with type 1 diabetes today!


In our society today, the number of youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate. There are 202,600 estimated cases of diabetes in Jamaica in 2015 (International Diabetes Federation (IDF)). A number of these are children with type 1 diabetes.  This is a frightening and life altering experience not only for the child but also for the family to experience and adapt to life with type 1 diabetes.

How would you like to prick your finger and give yourself a shot of insulin 4-6 times a day or be on an insulin pump to help keep yourself healthy and alive? Consider maintaining a daily regimented diet of carbohydrate counting with food that you eat, worrying about going too high or too low with your insulin dose management and becoming very ill if you don’t. Imagine all of these, all the while just wanting to be a normal kid like everyone else! This daily scenario is routine and reality for youth with type 1 diabetes.

Camp Yellow Bird is a summer camp for children with diabetes and their peers since 1992. The campers benefit from being in a place where the norm is living with diabetes. They have fun and make new friends in a safe environment under the care of amazing volunteers with expertise in diabetes management. The programme includes helping them to manage diabetes in informal rap sessions, one-on-one conversations on how to handle real-life situations and empower them with problem-solving skills that will serve well throughout their lives. Unfortunately, the majority of children from across the island who need to attend the diabetes camp, cannot afford the fees required to help them benefit from this life changing experience.

You can help to make a difference. Donate and support.  Your support in cash and/or kind can help a youth with type 1 diabetes to attend camp. The cost for each camper is $30,000.00. The amount covers food, accommodation, transportation, medical, art supply and a host of healthy, fun filled camping activities.  

Make an impact. Feel rewarded by your gift knowing that your donation has made a positive difference in the life of a child with type 1 diabetes. Invest in their healthy future and give today!



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