PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
For Immediate Release
Contact: Katherine Swartz, Program Director/Lori Cowie, Executive Director
One Key to Healthy Living with Diabetes:
Volunteer at a Diabetes Camp and Give Back to Your Diabetes Community
The day-to-day life of a child with insulin-dependent diabetes is complicated. Blood glucose levels to monitor. Carbohydrates to count. Insulin to inject. Snacks to schedule. A simple play date or average day at school requires choreography and even calculated risks that parents of healthy children cannot fathom. Where do creative play, sports, and expanding a child's capabilities physically, mentally and socially fit in? Camp Kudzu, that's where!
Camp Kudzu was founded in 1999 by parents, physicians, healthcare professionals and community leaders who joined forces to establish a program in Georgia that would support the special medical and emotional needs of children living with type I (insulin-dependent, juvenile) diabetes in a fun, safe environment. The first summer camp was hosted in June 2000 with 90 children in attendance. This summer, more than 400 children will attend camp – 100 more than last year. Camp Kudzu's programs, number of children and families served and volunteer corps continues to grow . . . like kudzu.
Community volunteers who are passionate about serving children staff all of Camp Kudzu's programs. At summer camp, more than 400 volunteers from diverse backgrounds, who are normally physicians, nurses, attorneys, students, businessmen and parents, come together to serve as camp doctors, medics, counselors, logistics managers, and special programs staff. In addition, Camp Kudzu prioritizes low overhead for the organization and manages its operations with three full-time professional staff.
All children and families living in Georgia who are struggling to live full and balanced lives with diabetes are eligible for Camp Kudzu's educational and recreational services, regardless of socio-economic background. Although Camp Kudzu subsidizes more than 70% of every camper's experience, at least 35% of campers are given a full scholarship to attend camp. We cannot meet the increased needs of these chronically ill children and families without the generous support of the philanthropic community and our corps of dedicated volunteers.
There are more than 3,000 children in Georgia living with juvenile diabetes who can never take a vacation from the disease. But Camp Kudzu provides an opportunity for them to learn and grow with other children facing the same struggles. Camp Kudzu has literally changed and, in many cases, saved the lives of children living with this chronic disease.
Give back to the diabetes community by volunteering at Camp Kudzu this summer! As a diabetic, or as a person touched by diabetes, you can serve as a mentor and role model to children and enjoy the magical, emotional and fulfilling experience of summer camp that will last a lifetime. Knowledge about type I diabetes is not a requirement to volunteer – only an interest in making an immediate difference in the lives of children. We have positions such as counselors, activity leaders (sports, games, arts, crafts, woodworking, fishing theater, dance and many, many more!), logistics, administration, medical staff (endocrinologists, general medical, clinicians and medics) and many others where you can share your time and talents. Summer Camp sessions will be held June 10-16, 2006 in Rutledge, Georgia and July 29-August 5, 2006 in Cleveland, Georgia. Volunteer interviews, training and orientation will take place in Spring 2006.
For more information please contact Program Director Katherine Swartz at 770-374-4887 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or obtain more information and a volunteer staff application at www.campkudzu.org. Camp Kudzu is a registered non-profit organization in the State of Georgia; is not affiliated with or funded by the American Diabetes Association or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a member in good standing of the American Camp and Diabetes Camping Associations.
Last Updated: Friday December 16, 2005 15:42:51
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