Not all superheroes wear capes
At Junior Camp Victoria on 6th – 8th July volunteers old and new partnered up to become everyday heroes for 36 kids impacted by cancer.
If the send-off was anything to go by, from the get-go there was no doubt the camp was going to be one to remember. Kids and volunteers mingled with our puppets, a real-life Lightning McQueen Car, and families and friends before bidding goodbye and boarding the bus.
The camp was held in Grantville with a special focus on ‘Everyday Heroes’. On Saturday, local emergency service teams visited, such as the SES, VIC police, CFA and Teddy Bear Hospital who gave the kids a firsthand experience of a day in the life of real life heroes. Later, at Heroes School the kids had the chance to learn new skills using the site’s facilities. Learning to fly, learning to walk in the air and even learning secret powers to beguile their families when they returned home.
That evening, decked in capes, the kids and volunteers were encouraged to get their creative powers flowing and find the courage to perform in front of the group at the “Have a go show.” Who knew our kids and volunteers had such an array of talents!
At camp, we were delighted to welcome new male volunteers who joined after learning of the shortage of male companions during our ‘Bro Up’ campaign. Amongst these heroic male volunteers were Lee Elliott (Bachelorette 2016’ Winner) and Matt Dunne (Bachelorette 2016’ contestant). The two made quite an impression at camp and especially on their little buddies, Milan and Lincoln.
“Each and every one of the CQ volunteers could not have been more welcoming and supportive and the kids were just some of the most incredible kids I've ever had the pleasure of meeting so thank you all very much!!”
– Lee Elliott
Thank you to all those who dedicated their time and services to make this camp so special for all involved.
About Junior Camp
Camps provide kids and their families impacted by cancer with a vital break to strengthen their wellbeing and boost their support networks. Medical volunteers are on hand to ensure children’s health needs are always met. Junior Camp is especially for kids aged 7-9.
Kids experience time away from their parents, filled with fun and optimism to help build resilience, independence and valuable life skills. Each child has a dedicated camp companion to ensure they are supported to have the best time.