Published on: 1 February 2018

Graduates from both Christ Church Grammar School and Methodist Ladies’ College teamed up in December for the 2017 Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp held on campus.

Across three days, the 2017 graduates provided voluntary care for 19 wonderful children with special needs – treating them to a weekend of fun activities and providing much needed respite for their parents, siblings and primary carers. Daily activities included swimming in the school pool, surfing with the Disabled Surfers Association of WA, cooking, singing, arts and craft, and gym activities at MLC.

Year 11 students from both schools also participated as assistants in conjunction with over 40 adult volunteers and 30 nurses who supported the medical and health needs of both children and volunteers.

“The children enjoyed three days of fun with our volunteers, with key highlights being time in the pool and surfing at the beach. It was a busy, exciting and fun weekend that left everyone well and truly exhausted by the end of the camp!” says Sony Camp Coordinator, Alec Barbour.

“We thank our student volunteers for their outstanding service; all 19 families were immensely thankful for the care that was taken with their children during the camp, with a number of parents indicating that it was the first time their child had been on camp without them.”

“Each of our volunteers built strong connections with the kids, leading to an emotional farewell for all concerned. To all involved in the 2017 Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp, we cannot thank you enough for the support you have provided and we hope to be working with you again next year.”

The Sony Foundation has been a friend to young Australians in need for nearly 20 years by funding life changing programs for those with special needs, facing cancer and those that have been marginalised from society. This was Christ Church Grammar School’s 11th year of involvement in the camp.