December Sony Camps: A Summer of Fun

20 Dec 2019

Throughout December, over 400 children with special needs and their families accessed free respite care provided by students from 32 high schools and universities across Australia, as part of Sony Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Camp program. The campers had a holiday of a lifetime taking part in activities including visits to theme parks, days at the fair, reptile visits, Christmas crafts, and movie nights, all made possible by the student companions and their school communities.

 

“I felt that taking 4 days out of my holidays, which was such a small thing for me, in return of 4 days of respite for these families would make such a significant difference in their lives especially during Christmas time.”

Annika, Year 11 Student Companion, Abbotsleigh

In 2019, Sony Camps provided over $1.8 million in respite care, to more than 1,100 children with special needs and their families. This four days of respite is often the only break from full time care these parents have each year.

“The feelings knowing that the volunteers have given up paid work, school holidays, family time and social commitments, some at their first camp, but others helping behind the scenes for over a decade, was heart-warming.”

Parent of Camper at a Sony Foundation Holiday Camp 2019

SHOUT OUT TO OUR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Abbotsleigh School for Girls         Knox Grammar School

Bond University

Brisbane State High School           University of Queensland

Brighton Grammar School

Canberra Grammar School           Canberra Girls

Christ Church Grammar School   Methodist Ladies’ College

Launceston Church Grammar School

Moriah College                  Masada College                Emanuel School

Pymble Ladies’ College                   Sydney Church of England Grammar [Shore]

Sababa Melbourne [Flying Fox]

SCOTS College, Warwick

St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney

St Ignatius College Riverview      Loreto Normanhurst       Loreto Kirribilli Monte St Angelo

St Joseph’s College          Brigidine College              Marist Sisters College

St Kevin’s College             Xavier College                    Genazzano FCJ College                   Loreto Mandeville Hall

The Cathedral School

The Illawarra Grammar School

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