Who are we?

The Type1 Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation proudly based in Geelong and was founded in mid 2015 by a local family, who responded to a gap in understanding and lack of awareness around Type 1 Diabetes. Parents Ange and Leif McCaughley created the foundation after their daughter Lila, aged 9, was misdiagnosed ending up in ICU an hour off a coma. Ange, mother to 4 children and as Director of the foundation, has pledged a promise "to create a world where others know the symptoms so that no other family would endure what we went through".

The Type 1 Foundation recognises that Type 1 diabetes is a family disease which impacts more than just the individual living with Type 1.

Our aim is to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes throughout Australia through education in schools, medical practices and the community.


We aim to link families into important support networks that will help manage the daily grind of dealing with a chronic illness such as Type 1 Diabetes and we aim to raise funds for innovative, world class service delivery for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

We support families by funding Diabetes camps, funding life saving technology, education and awareness campaigns in schools and the wider community.

The primary aim of the foundation is to create a generation of young people with Type 1 Diabetes who understand, accept and therefore properly manage their condition responsibly.

If you would like to be connected to a support group near you, or would simply like some more information about how the foundation can help you, click here.