Giving children a break

by Ann van Engelen

Children affected by cancer had a break from their everyday schedules at Living Springs Camp last week taking time to relax and enjoy a variety of activities at Camp Quality. “We are a volunteer group that gives children that have gone through cancer treatment, or their siblings a break focussing on fun, hope and happiness,” says Camp Quality regional manager Damian Young. “It is about giving them the opportunity to do the fun things they are missing out on. We have traditions such as our party night, the Canterbury Kings cricket team visited, the volunteer fire brigade ran the water slide for us, and car and truck enthusiasts took the children for rides. Camp Quality holds events throughout the year to fundraise for the annual summer camp. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers. The local Lions Club started the camp here in 1985 and still fundraise and come to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and clean up for us daily. There are so many highlights, and when the children go home, there are a lot of smiling faces. They talk about it non-stop for the next week.” For more information, go to the Camp Quality New Zealand website.