Disadvantaged Kids Enjoy Sunny Coast Break

9 Oct 2015 12:00 AMAdmin AQYC Disadvantaged Kids Enjoy Sunny Coast Break

Apex Camp Mudjimba welcomed 35 vibrant and enthusiastic young students for the 2015 Kids to the Coast Camp.

While the Kids to the Coast concept goes back many years, Apex Camps has been delivering our annual program at Mudjimba for over a decade. This free week-long residential holiday camp program for children from rural or remote families and disadvantaged backgrounds gives these children a fun and exciting holiday experience participating in activities they may never have the opportunity to participate in.

The children get to experience a full week of activities including high ropes, rock climbing and abseiling, canoeing, archery and many more. This year was even better as we arranged for Australian boxing legend and Olympian Darren O’Bah to talk to the kids. He shared his story, talked to them about goal setting and achieving anything they put their mind to, and the importance of active, healthy lifestyle choices and participating in life. Darren proved to be a wonderful role model to the kids and provided much needed inspiration and motivation.

Apex Camps President Wayne Greenham also welcomed State MP Fiona Simpson to officially welcome the students to camp and take her on a tour of our great facility. It is exciting that our local member has taken such a great interest in Apex Camps over many years.

This year we were blessed with amazing financial support from the Apex family to assist in covering almost 50% of the cost of the Camp – the Brisbane City Apex Club who raised $7,000 for the Camp through their annual charity golf day, the Apex Foundation who provided $1,300 towards transporting the kids to and from Camp and the Toowoomba Apex Club who sponsored 4 kids to attend with a donation of $600.

Our thanks to the fantastic efforts of our Kids to the Coast Committee, chaired by Apex Camps Director Kelly Buchanan and ably supported by Steve Hutchins – Brisbane City Apex Club, Karen Lamberton – Southport Apex Club and Brooke Rohweder – Southport Apex Club – who over 4 months worked tirelessly to pull the Camp together.

And enormous thanks to the volunteers who helped out during the week, the crew from The Cage and the fantastic staff at Mudjimba who ensured the kids had a time to remember. Below are some of the cards that the students wrote on the last day talking about the wonderful experience they had.

Well done to everyone involved and we look forward to starting to plan for next year to be even better.

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