Dami Im’s underwater visit to a Holiday Camp

Sony Music artist and Sony Foundation ambassador Dami Im recently took some time out of her busy schedule to pay a visit the Sony Foundation Ignatian Children’s Holiday Camp on their outing to Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium. St Ignatius’ College hosted the first Children’s Holiday Camp in 1998. After a call out for financial assistance to allow to program to continue at the school, Sony Foundation was established, and the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program was created.  The Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program is the longest standing Sony Foundation program. Since 1999, the Camp Program has given Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to care for a child with special needs over a four-day period in what is a unique and life-changing experience for all involved. Each camp is provided free of charge for the participants and the majority of the camps run in the September and December school holidays. The students, supported by a team of dedicated teaching and medical staff, are responsible for the care of these children twenty four hours a day over the course of the Camp. They quickly learn about the challenges and demands involved in caring for a child with special needs. Not only do the students have an enriching experience, but the children are treated to a weekend full of activities and interactions they would not normally have the opportunity to experience. The Camps also provide much needed respite for parents, siblings and primary carers in what may be their only break of the year. Since funding one camp in 1999, the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program has grown to 26 camps across 45 schools and four universities in Australia in 2016. In 2016 over 600 children with special needs and over 1100 student camper companions will take part in a Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp. This year the Sony Foundation Ignatian Children’s Holiday Camp provided an enriching experience for 36 campers and 55 student companions.
Dami was the guest of honour as campers toured the aquarium with stops for album signings, photos and of course, spreading Christmas cheer. Rainbow Corporate Partners, The Nine Network and their Today Extra crew came along on the aquarium tour – watch the story here.