They say time flies when you’re having fun, so it is no wonder that here at Challenge we cannot believe that June is nearly over and today is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. What an incredibly busy first half of the year it has been!

One of our greatest joys is being able to provide our families with opportunities to experience something new, fun and exciting, giving them time away from hospital visits and treatment.

June started with a bang with Junior Camp kicking off the month. Challenge families were then invited to attend Legoland Discovery Centre’s opening of its new 4D LEGO movie at their cinema. The day was fantastic with plenty of rides and activities that ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy – in fact, we heard whispers that the parents may have loved this outing even more than the kids! If you haven’t been, do yourself a favour.

The Challenge adventures soon reached new depths when we ventured to the Melbourne SeaLife Aquarium. There, Challenge families had a wonderful afternoon exploring the Aquarium before sitting down to watch Dory and her aquatic friends on the Aquarium big screen! Not many people get to see “Finding Dory” in her own habitat so this was very special.

If you are into soccer, the best in the world paid a visit to Australia and some Challenge members, together with 95,000 soccer fanatics, were able to witness arguably one of the greatest soccer players in history play at the MCG! Lionel Messi and his team from Argentina took on the might of the great Brazil team beating them by one goal (1-0). This was an incredible experience for these families and they were all very excited that they could now claim to have seen the great Lionel Messi in the flesh – even if it was from a distance!

Not to be outdone, more than 100 Challenge members were fortunate to see the musical genius, Elvis Presley, live on screen accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. One question that was asked by one of the kids was “when is Elvis going to come out live?”. A moment for the ages. The feedback received from this evening was overwhelming and it was great to hear about families singing the night away to the King of Rock and Roll!

None of this would have been achieved without the hard-working staff, businesses and volunteers who continuously go above and beyond to make each activity the amazing experience they prove to be. We should leave the final word to Elvis Presley – “Thank You Very Much”.

Stay tuned because we cannot wait to see what is in store for the second-half of 2017!