Fast Facts

  • The Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program began in 1998
  • In 2018, Sony Foundation will fund 28 camps across Australia
  • 45 secondary schools and five universities will be involved in the program this year
  • More than 650 children with special needs will attend the camps this year
  • More than 1150 student carers will be involved in the program this year

The Aim

The Children’s Holiday Camp Program is a unique respite program that sees high school and university students take on the responsibility for the care of children with special needs, allowing their families to have a valuable weekend off.

The three-day camps, hosted at high schools and universities around Australia, pair children with special needs with their student companions. Parents, siblings and carers are given valuable overnight respite.

The program began in 1998 with one camp in one Sydney school. Since then, it has expanded to 28 camps in 45 schools and five universities. In 2018, more than 650 children with special needs will have the opportunity to attend a Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp.

The most remarkable element of the Holiday Camp Program is the far-reaching effect it has on the student companions, staff, younger pupils, parent volunteers, families of the children with special needs and of course, the children themselves. The majority of people involved in the Holiday Camps Program go on to be advocates for the program through fundraising, awareness, new program development or volunteering are given love, support, training and the necessary tools to create a better life.

Sony Foundation is committed to expanding the camps further to enable more young people to participate in this life-changing program. It hosts fundraising events throughout the year to allow this to occur.

See below for a listing of this year’s Holiday Camps around Australia.

 

WA CAMPS, NT CAMPS, SA CAMPS, NSW CAMPS, QLD CAMPS, ACT CAMPS, VIC CAMPS, TAS CAMPS

Alternatively, click here to submit and expression of interest form for 2017.To learn more about the Camp Program, and how you can become involved, please email [email protected]

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST-EVER SONY CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY CAMP HERE