Kids with cancer treated to a week of fun

More than 40 children suffering from cancer were invited to a week of fun and adventure for the 30th Camp Quality, hosted by the Rotary Club.

Over the past few days, the camp has been focusing on the children developing new skills, making friends and gaining memories to last a lifetime. Organiser and former president of the Rotary Club, Mr Brian Hyson, said this provides children, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, with an uplifting experience.
“Camp Quality is a volunteer, non-profit, charitable organisation that strives to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer,” Hyson said. He added that they want them to find joy and hope through the healing power of laughter and optimism, shared experiences and ongoing support.
“We are supported by a group of generous corporations, foundations, individuals and service clubs that understand the need and how their gifts ensure our camps remain free, and that through their support each child will be able to increase their self-esteem and quality of life.”
Among the many locals who made this camp possible were Mr Ricardo Fernandes and Mr Gérard le Roux, who in October last year took on more than 100 kilometres on foot to raise awareness and funds to make this camp unforgettable. They were accompanied by a representative of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, an organisation that provides support to the families of children with cancer.
The campers are divided into groups for various team-building exercises and games. Volunteers from Uplands College are acting as the team leaders. To ensure that the children are safe and healthy at all times, a team of Rotarians, student volunteers, medical volunteers and a pastor will attend to them. A full-time paramedic will accompany the children on all their outings and will make sure to stick close to the group in case of an emergency. On Monday the camp kicked off with a welcoming session in the form of a braai, followed by an orientation and drumming session.
Tuesday saw the kids start off their day with a team-building session and a trip to the Casterbridge Music Development Academy. On Wednesday, a trip to Sudwala Caves and the Dinosaur Park, was among the exciting adventures they embarked on.
Certainly one of the most exciting adventures on the agenda is Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, where the children will get the opportunity to get up close and personal with these giants today. Activities that followed included aircraft flips, visiting Chimp Eden, horse riding, T-shirt painting, more movies, jumping castles, face painting and a variety of games.
Hyson concluded by saying that the main purpose of the week was to give children a chance to forget about treatment and all the pain and sadness that goes along with having cancer, and to give families a break from the ongoing care the children need.

Stefan de Villiers

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