Western Cape branch news
Justice Dikgang Moseneke supports DSA
Diabetes South Africa (DSA) was invited to the Golf Challenge and Dinner held in honour of the retired Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa, Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Earl Bell, from East London DSA branch, and Margot McCumisky, DSA’s national manager, attended the event.
At the event, Margot and Earl presented the work DSA does. The South African judge then donated the proceeds raised at the Golf Challenge and Dinner to DSA. He kindly matched the donation raised with the same amount, donated by himself and his wife.
In his speech, Justice Dikgang Moseneke gave explained why he chose DSA as his beneficiary. His son, Reabetswe Botshelo ‘Bo’ Moseneke – who was a Super Sports presenter, succumbed to the complications of diabetes in 2005.
What was profound about his speech was that he stressed the fact that people in South Africa should learn to give more and not just take.
The attendance was littered with who’s who from judges, advocates, lawyers, retired army generals and businessmen. It was certainly a glittering occasion and many items from one of Madiba’s painting (limited edition no.84 of a 100 copies that are produced), wines and holiday vouchers were put under the hammer.
Diabetes SA Seminar for Diabetes Wellness/Support Group
The facilitators held this seminar on 2 September 2017. It was kindly sponsored by The South African Sugar Association (SASA) and Fountains Hotel in Cape Town.
The programme included: depression and diabetes; diabetes nutrition, diabetes emergencies; CPR and first aid for heart attacks and stroke.
Diabetes South Africa Children’s Camp was held in April 2017 at Soetwater Environmental Centre in Kommetjie, Western Cape. Fifty-one children with diabetes attended.
Port Elizabeth branch news
The DSA young guns meet-and-greet
This newly established group for Type 1 children, teens and young adults, named The DSA Young Guns had a meet-and-greet picnic in Victoria Park, Port Elizabeth on 7 October.
The aim of the meet-and-greet was so the youngsters and their families could get to know each other.
Coach Kux (Nkululeko Kwinana) from PowerPlay Cricket Academy entertained the young fellows by playing soccer and cricket with them.
Zillah, the Rottweiler with diabetes, gave cart rides to the little ones and demonstrated that having diabetes does not prevent her from still enjoying life.
Casey Roche, our special photographer, took all the photographs.
Paula Thom is the enthusiastic convener of this group, and is already, with the help of some of the parents, planning another fun event.
For more information, contact Paula on 073 895 0707.