Published on: 30 January 2020

Graduates from Christ Church Grammar School and Methodist Ladies’ College came together in December to provide much-welcomed respite for families and carers of children with special needs.

Over three days, the students provided voluntary care for children through the Sony Children’s Holiday Camp Program, treating them to a weekend of fun activities including art and craft sessions, swimming sessions in the school pool, a fire truck visit, surfing at Leighton Beach and games in the MLC gym.

The unique respite program run by Sony Foundation Australia sees high school and university students each year take on the responsibility for the care of children with special needs, allowing their families to have a valuable weekend off.

“The most remarkable element of the holiday camp program is the far-reaching effect it has on the student companions and assistants, staff, volunteers, families of the children with special needs and of course, the children themselves, says Sony Camp Coordinator, Mr Alec Barbour.

“Many of those involved in the camp program go on to become wonderful advocates for the program and provide valuable support year after year.”

Since 1998, Sony Foundation Australia has raised over $33 million towards its life-changing youth programs. This was Christ Church Grammar School’s 14th year of participation in the camp.