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2017 DEC Update from DANII Foundation supporting T1d ~ May Your Christmas Sparkle

May Your Christmas Sparkle with moments
of love & laughter.
And may the year ahead be full of happiness & bliss.

Merry Christmas DANII T1D Friends,

Election Promise?

What a year 2017 has been! As we saw in the New Year many were sceptical that we would see CGM implemented, some believing it would be another broken election promise. We had more faith as the Foundation was fortunate enough to be on the CGM implementation committee.  We never doubted that the funding would roll out.  Something that totally surprised us was that some of our colleagues doubted that the uptake would be so high. Naturally, we were a constant agitator in this space, citing all of our member’s experiences, frustrations and hopes.

CGM for under 21’s announced

By the April 1 launch, we knew it was no joke.  DANII’s gift was here and hearing that from Minister Hunt really made all our efforts worth it. Together we achieved a huge feat.  Our work is not over however until every t1d has access to life-saving, life-changing technology.

DANII on the road

The Foundation implemented the CGM communications roadshow on behalf of the Department of Health.  It was fantastic to meet so many of our supporters. The roadshow gave us a valuable insight into the gaps in service delivery and formed part of DANII’s Pre-Budget Submission for funding consideration in the 2018-19 Federal Budget to be delivered in May.  The Foundation is seeking CGM funding for adults most at risk and a national school’s based education program, targeting unmet need.

New Campaign – #NoMoreFear

You told us every Australian with Type 1 diabetes deserves life-saving technology and of course we agree! Even though there are so many competing interests for health funding we believe there is a compelling argument for funding CGM for all Australians with type 1 diabetes.  Have you shown your support? If not please do, and remember to send it to your networks, people only need to be asked.  The more people we have behind us the greater our chance of success.  For those who are keen to see CGM funded for over 21’s please download our Lobby Toolbox and get involved.

Best Jelly Bean Ball ever – Book Now for 2018

Another sold out event and another fantastic fundraiser to enable us to continue to support our members.Party-goers travelled from across the country and were not disappointed. Early bird tickets are available for 2018’s JBB, Book NOW!  Makes a Fabulous Xmas Present!

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Jelly Bean Cruise – Book now for 2018

The 6th JBC was another fantastic learning and support opportunity; the September event saw 180 delegates on board, with 30 scholarships offered by DANII.  If you still need convincing regarding the value of the JBB Cruise, just watch Troy Wilkin’s  interview. Troy has lived with T1d for over 25 years and the cruise gave him a whole new perspective Bookings NOW Open for 2018 Book NOW! Only $50 per person Deposit if prior to Christmas& pay it off.image5

Our 2nd Annual Golf Fundraising Day

October saw our 2nd Annual Golf Fundraising Day at St Michaels in Sydney.  We were so proud and honoured that our DANII supporters turned up regardless of the silly weather.  A great day enjoyed by all raised a fabulous $39,000 to support the type 1 community.  Mark the date in your diary now for 2018Friday 19th October and we will open registrations in the New Year.  It’s bound to be another sell-out!image6

Our 2nd Annual World Diabetes Day Awards

Rounding off the year was our2nd annual World Diabetes Day Awards Celebration We received hundreds of nominations and hosted families from all over the country.  It was a fabulous evening where we honoured our type 1 heroes and listened to their stories of bravery and triumph and living with what is an insidious disease.  Our community reminds us every day of why we exist; together we will improve the day to day lives of Australians with type 1 diabetes because simply we cannot wait for a cure.

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Giving Back to our Community

This week in the lead-up to Christmas DANII was delighted to be able to fund 20 Scholarships for 12 months for life-changing & life-saving Continuous Glucose Monitor Technology.  The recipients all T1D’s who are incredibly excited and grateful to our supporters who continue to so generously giveback to this community.  Additionally, DANII also fully funded 3 under-privileged and needy children this year into Insulin Pump therapy, and we continue to fund CGM Trials for T1D’s who are pregnant, hypo-unaware or simply desperate for help.

It’s only with your support that DANII can continue to give back, continue to lobby Govt for CGM funding for all, continue to educate and advocate on behalf of the T1D community.  If you are not already a DANII Friend and wish to contribute to our work, please consider joining at $20 per annum HERE#joindaniisarmy
Thank you for your continued support of the DANII Foundation. I look forward to working with you in 2018, kicking some serious goals and spreading awareness across our community about Type 1 Diabetes.

Wishing you and your family and friends a very Merry and Safe Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kind Regards as always,
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Donna Meads-Barlow
Founder &  Director

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