North Perth Community Bank donates new vehicle to Telethon Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes Family Centre

Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre Chair Jeff Newman, CEO Rebecca Johnson, North Perth Community Bank CEO Nick Catania and branch manager Paul Burnett.
Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre Chair Jeff Newman, CEO Rebecca Johnson, North Perth Community Bank CEO Nick Catania and branch manager Paul Burnett.

THE North Perth Community Bank donated a new vehicle to Stirling’s Telethon Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes Family Centre.

The centre supports children and their families face the challenges of type 1 diabetes, promotes a holistic community approach to managing diabetes and is the first facility of its kind in Australia.

The new vehicle, which was delivered in September, will be used in support of its daily operations and to transport children and their families to and from events and activities.

Centre chief executive Rebecca Johnson said type 1 diabetes was a complicated and relentless medical condition to live with.

“While our medical support is good, there was a need for wrap-around support service that treats the family as a unit, rather than looking at diabetes as a medical condition that just impacts the child,” she said.

“We want to help support the child managing diabetes but also their brothers and sisters, mum and dad, grandparents, schools, everyone in their network.”

North Perth Community Bank chief executive Nick Catania said the organisation was happy to assist.

“We jumped at the chance to get involved with an organisation that aligns with our values to help achieve positive local outcomes,” he said.

Go to www.telethontype1.org.au.

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