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Milestones of TDS


Period Description of history of TDS programmes
1990 to 1993

First adult support Groups at Julie's house




TOUCH Diabetes Support Association was formed and came under the umbrella of TOUCH Community Services.
1994 First Family Escapade, a diabetes lifestyle camp at Kuantan, Malaysia

1995 to 1996



Launch of Diabetes Support Fund, a fund in kind to help the financially distraught people with diabetes with their diabetes care.


Targeted Support Group for parents and children, youth and mandarin speaking.

1997 First Youth Camp at Sentosa, Singapore.









First Children's Camp combined with paediatric children with diabetes from National University Hospital at Boys Brigade HQ.


Project Discovery 1 
(Scaled Gunong Belumut, a 1010m mountain at Malaysia with 15 youths with different disabilities.


Launch of DS Newsletter, a quarterly update circulated among members.

1999 Walk With Diabetes, 1st Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore.





Launch of TOUCH Diabetes Resource, a service to members for the purchase of diabetes supplies.


Launch of DS Rendezvous, a quarterly gathering for members and their family members.

2000 Move into TOUCH Diabetes Support Centre at Blk 55 Strathmore Avenue #01-145







Project Discovery 2
(Youths with diabetes scaled Mt Kinabalu, South East Asia highest Mountain at 4095.2m)


Launch of DS Kidz Club
- Children with diabetes from aged 6-12




Project Discovery 3
(Youths with diabetes scaled Mt Kinabalu, South East Asia highest Mountain at 4095.2m for a second time.)
2003 Move to TOUCH Diabetes Support Centre at Blk 149 Toa Payoh Lor 1 #01-943



Project Discovery 4
(A 6-day, 500 km cycling expedition from Singapore to Kuantan)



TDS Mini Triathlon
(1st ever triathlon for the diabetes community)











Kale Buonerba's Solo Fundraising Cycling Expedition
(A 2-day, 500km cycling expedition by our member from Singapore to Cherating.)


Project Discovery 5
(A 4-day, 500km cycling expedition from Singapore to Cherating supported by Victoria Junior College Outdoor Activity Club)


Amazing Race
(1st Amazing Race organised for the diabetes community in conjunction of World Diabetes Day)




Youths involvement in Project SMILE (Sharing Magic In Love Everywhere)
(1st community service project organised for youth with diabetes using magic to share their diabetes journey)


Project Discovery 6
TDS organized its first 100km adventure walk in Singapore for the diabetes community. 22 participants with diabetes together with 21 buddies successfully completed the 100km walk over 3 days.

Project Smile
Four of our TDS youth who had completed last year’s project SMILE class were, invited by SingHealth to perform the opening act at the Launch of the New National DOT (Diabetes on Target) Programme on 23rd August at Merchant Court Hotel.


Walk with Diabetes 2009
5km Walk with Diabetes (WWD) on 7 Nov (Sat) along the Singapore River garnering the support of 777 sign-ups

Launch of TDS Website
2010 TDS-NUH Children’s Camp
A 3D2N stay at Camp Sarimbun – a collaborative effort with TDS, NUH and St Andrew’s STAR Scouts
2011 Project Discovery 7
6D5N expedition from 9 -14 June and involved 13 TDS members living with insulin-dependant diabetes who developed a model of diabetes community service for YMCA Shanghai
2012 Walk with Diabetes 2012
On 25th August 2012, TDS organized our 6th Walk with Diabetes which aims to raise public awareness about diabetes and how it impacts lives; rally the community to walk in support of a family member, a friend or someone they know who lives with diabetes; and raise $200,000 for the work in the community. We also successfully formed Singapore’s biggest human “Blue Circle” with the support of 2000 sign-up participants and volunteers.
2013 Eat with your family day – Sundown Picnic @ Fort Canning Terrace promoting family bonding under the sunset  
2014 Celebrate Life – a World Diabetes Day Celebration in partnership with Novo Nordisk with special guest appearance by Chris Williams, a member of Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team. 

Fly with Diabetes in conjunction with World Diabetes Day on 14 Nov 2015
Highlight was a dazzling display of the “blue Circle” through a light up of the Singapore Flyer. The “Blue Circle” is a symbol representing the unity of the global diabetes community


Appointment of James Tan, CEO of TOUCH in the main committee of the Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce and Julie Seow, a member of the Public Education and Stakeholder Engagement Workgroup by the Ministry of Health (MOH)

Julie Seow was accepted as the Singapore representative by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) member of the Blue Circle Voices (BCV) network

2017 Julie was conferred the Superstar Award under the Intermediate and Long-term Care Administration Category in recognition of outstanding and commendable service for the period from April 2015 to March 2016.