HOW WE HELP KIDS IN NEED
- How we help
The Adtrans Golf Day supports Camp Quality – here is a summary of the camp and activities:
- Fantastic, family-friendly farm with great activities for all ages and fantastic communal spaces for parents to sit and chat and for people to get to know one another
- Families enjoyed a rotation of activities around the farm including horse riding, animal feeding, creative craft activities, archery and tractor rides, in between eating lots of yummy farm fresh food!
- On the Saturday night, the parents were taken out to a lovely dinner at a nice local restaurant and treated to a meal, drinks, dessert and adult conversation while the kids were taken care of by volunteers back at the camp site – a treat many of them said they have not been able to do for years!
Some of the best bits of feedback from families after the camp:
Q: Most memorable experience and why?
“Dinner out with other parents. It was a relaxing atmosphere which we could share our stories.”
“Quality time with laughter. Thank you”
“Riding the horses Going out for tea by adults Seeing the kids smile”
“The chance to relax and mingle with other families and volunteers”
“The happy environment being in nature Away from it all!”
“How much all the helpers cared and just stepped in to help without
hardly being asked. It gave me some much needed head space down time!”
Q: what benefits do you and your family receive from attending family camp?
“Great time had by the whole family.”
“Fun together as a family. No stress.”
“Socialisation and relaxation and the opportunity for the children to just be themselves and have fun.”
“I get to talk to other parents who “get” our oncology journey and understand our struggles and daily anxieties. The fantabulous volunteers did a great job with my special needs girls, who enjoyed doing “normal” activities without feeling different to the other children.”
Why Family Camps Matter
Family camps are a place where families facing childhood cancer can get away from it all, reconnect as a family and meet other families on a similar journey in a safe, fun, relaxed and supportive environment. Relationships flourish, optimism is plentiful and each member of the family’s resilience is strengthened and their ability to cope is increased. Family Camps are part of our Family Matters program that creates the opportunity for families to embrace normality and celebrate life throughout their cancer journey. They are held all over Australia, all year round and are 100% free of charge to attendees. Who can attend? Families of children (0-13) living with cancer from all over Australia. A typical Family Camp has between 12 – 15 families attending.
How long are Family Camps?
Camps vary in duration so a wider range of the family’s needs are catered for, but generally they run over a two or three day weekend.
What happens at Family Camp?
There are a variety of camp formats which include structured and unstructured activities. This encourages and promotes family bonding as well as developing supportive meaningful relationships between families. Camps are run by two experienced team leaders and a group of trained Camp Quality volunteers.
Our Family Camp objectives:
- Provide time for families to reconnect, relax and rejuvenate
- Create a space where the focus can be ‘off their cancer’ to re-establish some normality
- Create opportunities for parents to spend special time their children, other than the patient
- Provide time for parents to have alone time to strengthen their bond with each other
- Facilitate the building of a supportive network with others who are on a similar journey Create opportunities for kids to make new friends, take on new challenges and just get excited about life again
- Give access to information about what lies ahead and other support services available
- Give the family something really valuable to look forward to each year to help them feel positive about the future
- Help them create positive memories in the midst of their difficult times
- Extend their awareness of and understanding about the challenges they may face ahead
iPad Donation to Mt Carmel College
The Adtrans Golf Day donated iPads to Mt Carmel College in 2013