The King of Queensland visits our Campers!

30 Nov 1999

NRL legend, Johnathan Thurston, paid a special surprise visit to Sony Foundation’s two Townsville Children’s Holiday Camps on the 24th September, much to the delight of the campers and companions on the St Patrick’s College/Ignatius Park Townsville Sony Camp and the Townsville Grammar Sony Camp.

First stopping at Townsville Grammar School Sony Camp, JT spent time getting to know the campers and their companions at their ‘Show Day’ complete with rides, a petting zoo, army helicopters, face painting and more!

“I loved EVERYTHING. Especially the helicopter!  I would do it again. I didn’t even miss mum cause I had so much fun.”
Riley, Townsville Grammar Sony Camper

Following this, JT then headed to St Patrick’s College/Ignatius Park College Sony Camp to present special awards to each of the campers at their end of camp awards ceremony! To everyone’s delight, the Cowboys legend even took part in a dance floor session showing off his moves with the chicken dance!

“We were thrilled to have Johnathan Thurston visit our campers and companions at Sony Camp. It really brought a very special level of excitement to wrap up our 2018 camp. As well as being an incredible opportunity for the campers and their families, Sony has given us, as a community, so many valuable experiences over the past three years. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to host this event and committed to the program into the future.”
Paulina Skerman, Principal of St Patrick’s College Townsville.

“Sony Camp was truly an eye opening experience. It not only taught me things about myself, but it has also changed the way I look at the world. I did not expect to form such a bond with my camper and I learned that a disability is not a barrier to friendship.”
Jack Roveda, Year 11 Camp Companion, Townsville Grammar Sony Camp

Special thanks to our Rainbow Corporate Partners News Corp Australia’s Townsville Bulletin, Nine Network and Network Seven and WIN News Townsville for the coverage of these very special camp visits!

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