Committee members Barry Fleming, Tracy Fleming, Lissa Graham, guest speaker Nigel Brennan, Wes Bates and Dylan Fleming.
Committee members Barry Fleming, Tracy Fleming, Lissa Graham, guest speaker Nigel Brennan, Wes Bates and Dylan Fleming. Mike Knott

Nigel helps kids with diabetes

FORMER Somali hostage Nigel Brennan will make his first local public appearance when he and sister Nicky Bonney address a fundraising dinner for juvenile diabetes.

The Bundaberg Juvenile Diabetes Action Support Group will host a Christmas in July dinner on Saturday, July 24, at the Old Bundy Tavern.

Mr Brennan, a former NewsMail photographer, and Mrs Bonney will speak about his time held hostage for 15 months in Somalia and her efforts to secure his release.

Support group president Barry Fleming said the group wanted to raise awareness of the disease and he was excited the pair was supporting the cause.

“There are actually over 70 children in the town with Type 1 diabetes,” he said.

“I think a lot of people get it mistaken with Type 2 diabetes, which is more of an eating or age thing. But this is a disease where the children are insulin dependant.”

Mr Fleming said all funds raised would go towards a camp in November.

“We are hoping to raise $3000 from the dinner,” he said.

Mr Fleming said camps were valuable for children with diabetes to attend.

“A lot of these kids have to do pricks at sporting events and they feel out of place. The camp is a good place for them to be around their peers,” he said.

For tickets, call 0400 755 608.



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