SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Local students unite for kids with a disability

10-Dec-2012

Cooking classes, a visit by the fire brigade, craft workshops, a magic show and a Christmas party are among the activities on offer at a special camp for young people with disabilities.

Twenty-five boys and girls with disabilities aged from 5 to 15 are participating in the live-in camp at Knox from 8 to 11 December named ‘ABBOX of Fun’. The camp is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

About 80 Year 11 students from Knox Grammar and Abbotsleigh School for Girls are giving up the start of their Christmas holidays to provide care and support at the camp.

“The camp provides young people with a disability with a packed week of fun activities and gives their carers some much-needed respite in the lead-up to Christmas,” said the event coordinator, Helen Clarke.

Places to volunteer at the camp are very competitive and the Knox and Abbotsleigh students who are participating go through a rigorous application and interview process and then undergo training throughout the year so they have a detailed understanding of disability.

For the boys and girls, the camp provides a real insight into the lives, strengths and challenges of people with a disability.

The camp receives financial support from the Sony Foundation, with volunteer support from the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, local churches and clubs.