Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gearing up for Riding On Insulin - Aussie Style... and other things...

Before I start talking about the Riding On Insulin camp I just wanted to share with you a few photos from our filming day for the educational video! It was a lot of fun and the kids got quite a good look at the world of video production - being asked to do the same thing over and over, waiting until everything in the background was in exactly the right place, coming up with different ideas of what will work and what will not!

Can't wait to see the finished product!

Okay - now for .....

The first Australian camp is now only a few weeks away and we are really looking forward to it!

Tim will be a Junior Coach and Mentor - and is definitely excited about that. 

It is just fantastic that Sean and Mollie Busby are bringing this experience to Australia. 

Sports like skiing and snowboarding tend to frighten parents of kids with T1D because not only are you dealing with activities that burn a LOT of energy and therefore put T1D kids at risk of delayed hypos but you are also dealing with extremes in temperature and being in situations where it may not be so easy to get medical assistance quickly.

Almost ALL of the ROI instructors, coaches and mentors have T1D themselves, and every group is accompanied by fully qualified Diabetes Educators/Nurses. 

There are two main aims of these camps - first of all to show T1D kids that they CAN do these things and that they should not let T1D stop them from living their lives to the fullest and going for their dreams with everything they have. The other aim is to get parents together to share their experiences as parents of kids with T1D - because this is a FAMILY disease. Siblings are also included in this experience.

Here is a video about the Riding On Insulin camps - a great deal of this video was shot at the first ROI Camp in Canada, at Nakiska Ski Resort just outside of Calgary - and Tim and Issie are in this video!

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