IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Newsletter
March 2016
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Western Pacific Edition
The March edition of the IDF YLD newsletter showcases regional highlights from the Young Leaders in the Western Pacific region. 
I am Man Hay Lam from Hong Kong SAR, China. I am also a member of Youth Diabetes Action (YDA), which is a Member of the International Diabetes Federation that lends a helping hand to children with diabetes and their families.

In 2014, I participated in a YDA fundraising event. It was a 1,000-kilometer cycling tour challenge in Taiwan over a period of ten days. We went through five months of tough training to prepare. We started the tour in Taipei on September 21st and our team proudly finished the entire round trip thanks to the guidance of the YDA and the volunteer group that provided cycling training. The event raised more than $600,000 Hong Kong dollars and drew public media coverage.

I have now organized a sports team involved with helping the YDA promote a positive mind-set to youth through exercise (mostly in cycling). We want youth to be more positive in facing their own challenges, promoting a “Yes We Can” mindset instead of giving up.
The chair of IDF YLD Western Pacific Region, Irene from Taiwan, is organizing an IDF YLD regional training at the end of 2016 that will coincide with the 11th IDF Western Pacific Region Congress in Taipei. Gianni Hong, the new IDF Young Leader from Taiwan who has conquered several sporting challenges, will help organize a special session on diabetes and sports and will host a marathon challenge during the training.

Irene's training initiative aims to deal with region-specific diabetes issues, especially disaster mitigation. It will also focus on building a platform for new and former IDF Young Leaders to share and learn from each other. There will be a first-ever diabetes hackathon to bring patients, physicians, nurses, dieticians, engineers, designers and other interested parties together to "hack" into and find solutions to unmet needs for diabetes.
Immediately following her return from the 2015 IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes training this past December, Shivanjani Iyer held the South Pacific Young Leaders in Diabetes programme. Shivanjani and the Young Diabetes Fiji group are currently organizing the first diabetes camp for kids in Vanuatu. 
Shivanjani and other volunteers involved with Young Diabetes Fiji play an important role in their community beyond diabetes. They recently used their efforts to provide relief to victims of Cyclone Winston, a devastating storm that tore across the region on February 7, 2016.
In Japan, Hisako Saito works with the famous American ballerina, Zippora Karz,  to translate her new book, “The Sugarless Plum: A Ballerina's Triumph Over Diabetes” into Japanese, connecting the world of dance and diabetes. Hisako is also planning the Mt. Fuji project, inspired by the type 1 Mt. Kilimanjaro challenge in 2014.

Hisako's goal is to conquer the iconic Mt. Fuji and show the energy, strength, and courage of people with diabetes.
Benson Lu from Singapore is planning to create a support group for type 1 diabetes as a response to the (majority) type 2 support group in Singapore.

Benson's support group aims to help newly diagnosed children and their parents learn how to cope with daily activities, such as school and difficult BG levels on sick days, and share experiences in managing diabetes.
Ashley Ng's project is part of her PhD study in Australia. To successfully manage a life change, young adults require specific diabetes education and services. Her study aims to identify and address diabetes education and service needs of Australian young adults living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes during life transitions.

Ashley also writes a blog on her experiences and reflections on living with diabetes at and she moderates a support group for young adults living with type 2 diabetes on Facebook.
Emily Wilson is organizing a kid’s Rogaine event where the funds will benefit a diabetes camp in New Zealand. Emily is also working in conjunction with Diabetes Youth NZ to give more support to families with type 1.

In May, Emily is giving two speeches at different events regarding her performance in diabetes and sport. She is also helping her local diabetes support group with awareness initiatives and fundraisers at area schools.
Piseth Kimy is developing a project in the form of an overnight camp for Cambodian children over the course of two days, teaching campers about carbohydrate to insulin ratios and the importance of regular glucose monitoring, as these are much-needed educational aspects in the area.

This will be the first camp dedicated solely to diabetes in Cambodia! 
Stephanie Cesile's project, “Type Fun Diabetes – Living Chronically Well” aims to help people with diabetes in Australia realize that diabetes doesn’t mean they have to miss out on all the fun things in life. The project will involve as many young diabetes communities from all over Tasmania as possible, with two major events currently proposed.

The Diabetes Day Off in March featured carb-counted food, fun activities, and educational games,
and a celebration for World Diabetes Day is scheduled for 
November 14.
IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes 
Executive Council
Dr. Dario Rahelić, Chair
 Aishath Shiruhana, Chair-Elect
Cajsa Lindberg, President
Ashley Ng, President-Elect
Pei Yan Heng, Vice President
Robert Brooks, Ex-Officio
Stephanie Cesile, Ex-Officio
Gavin Griffiths, Ex-Officio
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