Since our last project report, three months ago, there have been no camps. But we haven't done nothing. We been busy preparing our next camp that will take place in the weekend of 13-15 October at the StayOkay in Arnhem. The program is settled and the workshops have been prepared.
Invitations have been sent and currently we have 20 participants, children with cancer, chidren that have had cancer, siblings of children with cancer and bereaved siblings, aged 12-18 years. This is always a good mix that works out very well.
We hope to soon add a report of this actual camp that without any doubt again will be a great success.
From 19-21 May 45 children participated in the VOKK-camp for children from 6-12 years old on Camping de Oldemeyer in Rheeze (Hardenberg). The theme of the weekend was The Wild West. It was a weekend of fun, sharing, making friends, for patients, former patients and their siblings. For some of them it was the first time to be without their parents after an intensive treatment peri
The challenges of the weekend help children to feel they are not they are not alone. They feel stronger and happier, are better able to cope with their illness and it effects on their lives. This results in a positive impact on their wellbeing and menthal health. They feel stronger and are fitter to cope with problems which will come on their path.
Children are already looking forward to the next camp!
VOX & Brains In the weekend of 10-12 Februray we organized our first VOX & Brains weekend for adult survivors of a paediatric brain tumour. There were 13 participants. We had different workshops, shared experiences and tips, talked, walked, ate and had fun together, had a barbecue. At the weekend the VOX subgroup VOX & Brains was born, knowing that this group of survivors will need lifelong special attention. Thei VOX & Brains weekend will become part of our annual programmes.
In the weekend of 24-26 March we had our weekend camp for children with/after cancer and siblings from 12-18 years with 25 participants. We had creative workshops, went to the beach, had a disco/karaoke night, had a barbecue,shared and talked, had fun and cried together.
Both weekends were a great success, thanks to our donors through GlobalGiving.
The basis or our camps is sharing, making fun, knowing you are not alone, making friends. The programs for each camp are different and according to the age of the participants. The camp for the youngest children has lots of sports & play, whilst the middle group do challenging things like high ropes. The oldest go to a pub/discotheque on the Saturday evening, something they never do in daily life. All camps have creative workshops and a memorial moment for the children that have died.
The stories children share at camp are often emotional and special. There is an open atmosphere that provides recognition. “Half a word is enough”. “Everything is possible.” “Everybody accepts me as I am.’
We are working hard on the preparations for the 2017 camps. The dates and locations are fixed and we are working on the programs. The first camp for 12-18 year old is from March 22-24 in the StayOkay in Heemskerk: www.stayokay.com/nl/hostel/heemskerk. To date there are already 23 registrations.
The camp for the 6-12 year old in Rheeze (http://www.oldemeyer.nl/) hasn’t been promoted yet but there are already 16 registrations. Families are really looking forward to this annual weekend.
We hope you will keep on supporting these camps that are so important for our kids.
With Christmas approaching more donations are coming in, which is wonderful. This year, thanks to your generosity we so far raised € 2162,00 for our camps for children and adolescents with cancer and their siblings.
The programs for each camp were different and according to the age of the participants. The camp for the youngest children has more sports and play, whilst the middle group do things like high ropes and the oldest go to a pub/discotheque on the Saturday evening, something they won’t do in daily life. Of course all camps have creative workshops and a memorial moment for the children that have died.
The basis for all camps is sharing, fun, knowing you are not alone, making friends. The stories children share at camp are often emotional and special. There is an open atmosphere that provides recognition. “Half a word is enough”. “Everything is possible.” “Everybody is accepted as he/she is.’
Preparations for next year´s camps for children and adolescents with cancer and their siblings are in progress. The dates and locations are fixed and we are working on the programs.
On behalf of the children thank you for your great support.
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