Campers since 1998
Companions since 1998
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 program began in 1998 with one camp in one Sydney school. Since then, it has expanded to 30 camps in over 50 schools and universities. In 2018, more than 650 children with special needs had the opportunity to attend a Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp.
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.
Lack of overnight respite care for the families and carers of children with special needs. Furthermore, these children often experience social isolation.
The Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program provides a much-needed break for parents and carers while simultaneously giving the children an incredible holiday and the teenage carers an eye-opening experience. The Camp is provided at no cost to the families. Over the course of four days, the student companions provide 24-hour care to the children. Feeding, bathing, entertaining and tending to their every need. From movie nights to art session, zoo visits to sailing, the companions stop at nothing to give each camper the holiday of a life-time! The Camps, hosted at schools and universities around the country, are playing a part in breaking down the barriers and stigmas surrounding special-needs individuals.
20 years on from the first Sony Camp that led to the inception of Sony Foundation, the program has grown to 30 camps across 50 schools and universities in Australia. To date, over 7,500 children have experienced the magic of a Children’s Holiday Camp. These Camps have a remarkable flow-on effect to families, friends and local communities. Sony Foundation is committed to seeing the Sony Camp program grow by an additional two camps per year.
If you are interested in applying to Sony Camps or receiving more information
- The Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program began in 1998.
- $1.5 million – the value of respite care provided free of charge to families every year.
- In 2019, Sony Foundation will fund 30 Sony Camps across Australia.
- Over 50 schools and universities involved.
- More than 650 children in attendance.
- More than 1150 student carers.