It was only three years ago that Challenge was first approached by the wonderful Brooke Southern about starting up a camp in her local community of Cohuna. She gave David, our CEO, a call and said she wanted to somehow give back to Challenge given the support we were able to provide her family when her sister fought her own cancer journey. Since then, the Cohuna Camp has been one of our most anticipated camps on the camping calendar and this year was certainly no different.
With the camp extending by an extra day this year, we left early Thursday morning and returned early Sunday arvo for a four-day weekend that was full of fun activities and provided a welcome break from the kids’ normal routine. Immersed in the tranquil sounds of the flowing Gunbower Creek and the sweet song of the Eastern Rosella, these kids aged between 8-12 years fully embraced what country life and spirit was all about.
With fishing, four-wheel bush driving, obstacle courses, arts and crafts, damper making, and an exclusive disco all on the agenda, there was never a dull moment. The kids were even lucky enough to be paid a visit by the local Cohuna Fire Brigade, who showed them all the ins and outs to becoming an efficient and diligent fireman or firewoman.
A camp like Cohuna really is priceless in what it can provide; living with cancer can be an isolating experience and as a child, it is vital to remain engaged with others and the world around them in a positive and meaningful way. When a child loses this connection, their sense of self begins to shrink as does their confidence.
However, through the experiences and opportunities provided by Brooke and her team, all these kids were presented with the chance to build new friendships and strengthen their self-belief. The Cohuna Camp indeed is an experience that can never be forgotten and truly enriches lives.
We cannot thank the entire Cohuna Community enough. Through their support, endless determination, and tremendous organisation, every year they rally together to make life a little brighter for the kids and they never fail to disappoint.
A huge thanks to all the volunteers who also attended this year’s camp and helped to make the camp run as smooth as possible – you are all superstars!
We hope everyone had the most amazing time and we look forward to seeing what is in store for Cohuna 2019.