SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Knox and Abbotsleigh students show they care

15-Dec-2011

WHILE their classmates were off celebrating the start of the holidays, a group of high school students has been looking after children with disabilities.

They volunteered as carers at the annual ABBOX Fun Camp, held from Saturday to Tuesday, 10-13 December at Knox Grammar School.

The camp is one of a network of Sony Foundation children’s camps which provide families with special needs children an opportunity for much needed respite.

Year 11 students from Knox and Abbotsleigh cared for 20 children with a range of disabilities over four days. Activities included lawn bowls, swimming, a Christmas party and a visit from the fire brigade.

Knox social justice head teacher Helen Clarke said it was a wonderful experience for both the children and their student carers.

Abbotsleigh student carer Martha Thomas said it was an incredible experience.

“It’s one of those things that I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my life,” she said.

Knox student carer Duncan Koenig said it had been an opportunity to step outside his comfort zone.

“It’s been a fair bit more challenging than I thought.”

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Hornsby Advocate - 15 Dec 2011 by Tracey Findlay - Picture: Joe Murphy