Empowering youth with diabetes

Book your spot for the T1 Youth Warriors – Surfs Up Penguin Camp

20-22 October – Simonstown, Cape Town.

Email: margot@diabetessa.org.za | Click here to download the camp forms.

Booking and payment deadline extended to 30 September!


Diabetes South Africa has had a children and youth outreach programme for over 40 years, holding regular events for children and youth with Type 1 Diabetes.

This outreach, although ongoing, was never formalised under the Diabetes SA banner. So, two years ago a group of volunteer mothers,  young adults and young people, all with a passion to assist this outreach, got together to formalise the Youth and Children’s Outreach Programme.

Together along with other volunteers, we designed and adopted a logo and slogan and are meeting regularly to plan a more focussed programme with regular events, camps, support and tools to assist parents, children and youth with Type 1 throughout South Africa.

We will use this platform to introduce our present Youth with Type 1 diabetes team in Cape Town and then those around the country.

In due course we will give updates, feedback and post photos of events, helpful articles, interact with you and support you on your journey with Type 1 diabetes.

I hope you will enjoy being part of Diabetes SA YT1 Warriors, and that we can learn from each other and assist in reaching our goals and living fulfilled, healthy lives.

Best wishes
Margot Mc Cumisky
Diabetes S.A. YT1 Chief Warrior

Camp Diabetable Western Cape video

The Diabetes SA YT1 Camp Diabetable Western Cape was held on 16th to 18th  September 2022 at Soetwater Environmental Centre in Kommetjie, Cape Town. The video was sponsored by EPT recovery.


Camp Diabetable Port Elizabeth report back

Ernest Groenewald, the camp co-ordinator gives us feedback

Brooklyn Rabie – my life isn’t perfect, but I’m blessed

Teenager, Brooklyn Rabie, tells us how she remembers

Chosen for IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme

DSA Port Elizabeth management board member, Ernest Groenewald,

Megan Soanes – Nurse, mother and wife

DSA SA Port Elizabeth board member, Megan Soanes,

Western Cape Camp Diabetable

Dear campers, We are so sorry to have

Denim for Diabetes

Cara Verster Cara Verster, a Grade 6 learner,

Olivia Smargiasso – Walking the road to success

Olivia Smargiasso is the perfect example of living

Ryan Pasqualle – overcoming depression

Ryan Pasqualle tells us how having diabetes led to

The Type 1 behind Camp Diabetable

Ernest Groenewald tells us about his diabetes journey

Changing your mind-set of food rewards for children

Dietitian, Retha Harmse, explains the negative effects of

Cara ten Cate – Reflections of a TD1 teenage girl

Cara ten Cate, a Type 1 diabetes patient,

Isabella Rocha – online schooling during COVID

Isabella Rocha, a Type 1 diabetes patient, and

The impact of COVID on children

If your children are currently acting out or

Diabetes-related bullying in school

Daniel Sher discusses the impact that diabetes-related bullying

Tips to get your kids eating healthy

The Heart and Stroke Foundation suggests five ways

Shiara Pillay – Diabetes community helps keep you accountable

Shiara Pillay tells us how her diabetes community,