Giving diabetes the boot

SWEAT TIME: Maria Baird, Leanne Oldfield and Bec Lowther are raising funds for the Bribie Island Diabetes Support Group.
SWEAT TIME: Maria Baird, Leanne Oldfield and Bec Lowther are raising funds for the Bribie Island Diabetes Support Group. Paxton Roth

THESE ladies are hard at work shedding kilos and raising funds to support the awareness and understanding of type 1 diabetes.

On April 22, the team of 12-week challengers from Leanne Oldfield Fitness will dust off their best fancy dress outfits for their final boot camp.

The group is raising vital funds for the Bribie Island Diabetes Support Group to help children with type 1 diabetes attend fun camps where they get to make lifelong friends with others who understand what they go through.

The support group also helps local diabetics access vital medication and equipment and provides education for their families.

For Leanne Oldfield Fitness owner Leanne Oldfield, the topic is close to her heart.

"Recently a few of my good friends, their little ones have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes - I've seen what they go through, it's an absolute nightmare,” she said.

"As soon as you mention diabetes people automatically assume it's a lifestyle disease - that's the case with type 2 but it's totally different with type 1, that's what's so frustrating about it.”

Every September the support group runs a camp for children with diabetes.

For past 12-week challenger Maria Baird, it's the first time her nine-year-old daughter will attend.

"Layla was diagnosed in January 2016 - it was absolutely awful, a massive adjustment for the family,” Maria said.

"We have to count carbs every time she eats and do nightly checks to make sure her levels don't drop or she could die in her sleep.”

She said the support group helps children meet other kids who are going through the same thing.

"The camp teaches them how to eat healthier and to be active and it shows that they're not on their own having to deal with this every single day of their life,” she said.

"It means a lot for the parents as well because it gives us a break.”

The boot campers have raised $350 - with four weeks to go they're hoping to hit $3000.

To donate visit www.go bootcamp-for-diabetes.

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