Camp Memories - 2015
Camp Memories for 2015 was held from 13th to 15th November 2015 at Tinonee.
The following is a facebook post from a family who attended Camp Memories in 2015 :
Just wanted to share with you a post I put on my personal page, but was unable to tag you in.
I don't often document the adversities, the challenges and the associated tears of raising two gorgeous children who happen to also be on the ASD spectrum.
I do however, relish in the love, hugs kisses and joy that they bring to my life. I am constantly forced to see things from a different perspective and there is always the relearning that occurs in a myriad of situations for which ultimately I am grateful for. But does this sometimes come with heartache, with judgement from others, with misunderstanding and intolerance, absolutely!!
This weekend though I am grateful for the experiences that come with raising children with additional needs, as one such experience is our weekend at Camp Memories. Currently we as a family are blessed to be attending Camp Memories and to be reminded that there are so many kind, compassionate and loving people who devote their time to community and to those who struggle with mainstream situations in order to provide them with lasting memories in an environment without judgement, rigid social norms and inflexible attitudes.
This weekend I am reminded of the brighter side of human nature, the side that lifts people up and supports them. The side that gives their time to ensure others happiness and safety. The side that we desperately need to see more of in our communities and in society as a whole.
Thank you to all those who are involved in Camp Memories, to every person who makes it possible. The gift you give children and families is truly priceless. Most importantly though thank you for the personal reminder that we can be the change we want to see in our own communities, we can practice non judgement, compassion and kindness and it does not cost us a thing.
Thank you. We honestly can not thank you enough!!
Kate, Port Macquarie.
CHARITY NIGHT IN AID OF CAMP MEMORIES
Thank you to Bushland Tavern for holding the Charity Fundraising Night on Friday, 9th October 2015 in aid of Camp Memories.
Thank youto Rob Chapman, Ray White Real Estate, Manning Valley for conducting the Charity Auction.
Thank you to Jenny's Chinese Restaurant for the Chinese Buffet.
Thank you to Cundletown Butchery for the meat trays which proved to be very popular.
Thank you to the donors of the Auction items including:
Thank you to everyone who came a supported the night - it was a great effort with over $3,000 raised for Camp Memories.
Thank you to the wonderful businesses, organisations and individuals that have financially supported Camp Memories for 2015:
- Wingham & District Memorial Services Club
- Taree Ordontics
- Taree Lions Club
- Mackie Electrics & Refrigeration
- Manning Audiology
- Autopro Taree
- Meagan Murray Vital Physiotherapy
- Taree Railway Bowling Club
- Great Lakes Aggregates
- Pacific Blue Metal
- Saxbys Pharmacy
Thank you also to the following businesses, organisations and individuals that have supported Camp Memories with "in kind" contributions and/or assistance:
- Bakers Delight
- Bayview Seafoods
- Bottles of Australia
- Bushland Tavern
- Crowdy Head Surf Life Saving
- Dawsons Wholsale
- Eagle Boys Pizza
- Eddies Chickens
- Estabar Newcastle Beach
- Graham Brown
- JR Richards
- Mayo Private Hospital
- Mentges Master Meats
- Mid Coast Eggs
- Mountainview Archers
- R & B Party Hire
- R & L Refrigeration
- Saxby's Soft Drinks
- Taree Craft Centre
- Taree Fishermans Co-operative
- Taree High School
- Taree Hire
- Taree Photographic Club
- Taree West Butchery
- The Red Shop
- Tinonee Rural Fire Service
- TS Manoora - Naval Cadets
We would also like to acknowledge the wonderful assistance provided by Taree Quota Club with the catering arrangements over the weekend.
We are grateful to the Lions Clubs of Harrington, Old Bar and Taree for their assistance over the weekend and to the Lions Club of Forster-Tuncurry for the use of their train.