Spreading diabetes message
Thursday, 20th May, 2010
Burke Ward School students have gone all out for an awareness week about type 1 juvenile diabetes.
The school's student representative council (SRC) organised the week dedicated to the disease which affects one student from the school. Joshua Niarros, in year one, has juvenile diabetes.
Kristie Pascoe, the SRC director and year one teacher, said that Joshua's mother asked if this type of diabetes could be the focus of the school's disease awareness week.
"This week's message is 'put some jelly in your belly," Ms Pascoe said.
The SRC held a "guess how many jelly babies are in the jar" game and a poster design competition. They also sold wrist bands with diabetes messages on them.
A lunchtime disco and casual clothes day added to the day's entertainment, with a gold coin donation from each student going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
As well as the fun, local diabetes educator Peter Prime spoke to the students about how to live a healthy life.