Fun and Friendship in Western Australia
Thanks to a generous grant from the Paul Newman Foundation, CCA was able to host its first-ever youth camp in Western Australia in April this year. The camp was a huge success, bringing together a diverse group of young people with a common challenge – living
with inflammatory bowel disease.
The Ern Halliday campsite was a huge success, providing participants with plenty of fun and challenging opportunities. They braved the man-made tunnels and caving system, encouraged one another to take a leap on the flying fox, and cheered one another on the Big Swing.
The group spent their down time flexing their brain muscles with a few puzzles. They were also introduced to beat boxing (thanks to the funny and energetic Samuel Osborne from Beatboxing Entertainment WA), and listened to stories from mentors who have experienced the many ups and downs of IBD and are living fulfilling lives.
As a parent whose child went on this camp THANKYOU! It was a fabulous opportunity for fun and the forming of lifelong friendships. Lauren and her team were just brilliant with all of the kids. Georgia is looking forward to staying in touch with the others.
Nerida Williams, parent
Finishing the camp, I felt like I achieved my goals in going: to meet new people who understand and can help later in life, hearing how people have gotten to where they are now and how they are coping, and just having a bit of fun. I think if there was another camp I would definitely go to it.
Lakeiya Flynn, 17, camp participant
Suffering from Crohn’s disease myself for 16 years, I know what it’s like to not have anyone to talk to. Rebecca Muller and I shared the part of volunteer and mentor for the participants. We started
chatting about our experiences with Crohn’s and it was instantly obvious we both had plenty to say and share. The opportunity to meet someone else suffering the same disease showed me how quickly bonds can develop through hardship.
Claudia Koelbl, volunteer and mentor
I had a great time at the camp and enjoyed the various activities and challenges. Our camp leaders (Molly, Chantelle and Vicki) were lovely and energetic, which made the more daring activities, like the Flying Fox and Big Swing, loads of fun. I truly hope that it becomes an annual event on the WA calendar, so that every young person with an IBD gets the opportunity to meet amazing new people, participate in thrilling activities and above all, accept and understand that even though living with IBD is difficult and challenging, you can still deal with every curveball life throws at you and live your life to the full.
Sophie Antulov, 17, camp participant
Thank You to the Paul Newman Foundation, that enabled the camp to be held as well as other supporters that donated goods and vouchers. They were
- CCA Perth South Side Support Group
- Ern Halliday Recreation Camp
- Dick Smith – Belmont
- Boost Juice
- Kmart – Belmont
- Woolworths – Belmont
- Coles – East Victoria Park
- Coles – Karawarra
- Ella Bache – Belmont
- Amcal – Belmont
- Terry White Chemists – Belmont
- Cheeky Teez
- Susan Booth – Simply Delightful Photography
- Samuel Osborne – Beatboxing Entertainment WA