This month Camp Quality received a very generous donation of $4,900 from the Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation. Kindly presented by Freemasons Foundation Director VWBro. David Gibbs to State Manager of Camp Quality in Victoria, Mr Lee Emberton.
Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer through various programs that offer support at diagnosis, through to treatment and in remission or bereavement. Camp Quality takes a whole family approach, offering services for siblings, parents and of course the patient at hospital, at home, away from it all on camp and at school.
All of the programs are free of charge and are designed to build resilience and celebrate life based on the Camp Quality belief that laughter is the best medicine!
The donation from the Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation will go towards supporting five Primary School Programs which will benefit 1,250 children in Victoria.
The Primary School Program sees the lively Camp Quality puppets visiting schools and day care centres all over Victoria presenting an engaging and age-appropriate puppet show that educates kids on cancer in a non-threatening, fun environment.
This program is a valuable tool in assisting children to reintegrate back in to school after time off due to their cancer diagnosis as it has a strong anti-bullying message and gives kids practical tools on how to be a supportive and kind friend.
The puppets are so popular they even receive mail from some of the kids they visit. One such letter read “Hi Kylie, I really love how you made me feel so much better after a hard time. My best friend’s mum died from cancer and your show made me feel better and helped me remember her, but in the best way”.
Camp Quality also provide comprehensive materials to schools and teachers after their visit, including its recently launched app “Kids’ Guide to Cancer” which is aimed at supporting kids ages 8-12 years old.