A soggy bottomed cardboard flotilla of fun  

Cardboard and duct tape is all you need to join in the fun filled soggy bottom boat race that aims to raise funds for insulin pumps for Tasmanian children with Type 1 Diabetes. To find out exactly how to build your water going vessel head down to Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market this Saturday where members of Youngtown Rotary Club will be on hand to give you some tips on constructing your floating box.

Buoyancy might not be synonymous with floating on cardboard but by committing to the possibility of sustaining a soggy bottom and joining in the not necessarily waterproof cardboard boat regatta, you will be committing to assist the hundreds of young Tasmanians who are struggling with the incurable form of diabetes.

For the 547 Tasmanian kids under the age of 25-years with Type 1 Diabetes, only a handful have access to insulin pumps – which provide the best and safest management option but at a prohibitively high cost – each pump costs around $9,500. The Rotary Club of Youngtown is hosting a regatta on the 5th March 2017 at Waverley Lake Park where a flotilla of cardboard water going vessels are sure to delight, entertain and most importantly raise funds to help with purchasing insulin pumps.

Unlike Type 2 Diabetes, which is a chronic disease linked to lifestyle choices, Type 1 Diabetes is incurable and cannot be prevented. The exact cause of Type 1 Diabetes is not yet known, although there is a strong family link.  About 10-15% of all diabetes cases are Type 1.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin. Insulin is required by the body to turn glucose (sucrose) into energy. Without insulin, the body burns fat instead, releasing chemicals into the blood that build up dangerously, resulting in a life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis. The onset can be sudden and some symptoms include excessive thirst, passing more urine, headaches, weight loss, lethargy, blurred vision and hunger.

The only treatment is with insulin injections several times a day. Together with at least eight finger pricks a day to test blood glucose levels, and the fact that over 50% of Tasmanians diagnosed with Type 1 are young, the ideal insulin delivery method is a pump. And this is why you need to get your bottom soggy on Sunday 5th March at Waverley Lake Park, 6 Naroo Street, Waverley. Help is on hand at Harvest Launceston on Saturday where you will be advised on how best to construct out of cardboard and duct tape only a vessel for the regatta.

Come and register to be a part of the flotilla of cardboard fun or head to soggybottomregatta.org to find out more.