South Region Update
Helium balloons, released by our campers, signalled the start of SOUTH Summer Camp in January 2017. Queenstown and the surrounding Lakes District played host to our Tropical Island themed week, although the weather wasn’t always very co-operative.
Camp Manager, Sam, and his team were joined by our 39 campers, their companions, nurses and eager helpers for a week of fun, friendship and laughter.
As you would expect from a Tropical theme, water played a big part in the programme and included favourite activities like the camp waterslide and a visit from the local Fire Brigade. As you might imagine, the giant waterslide at the Queenstown Lakes District Aquatic Centre at Frankton was a highlight. Not to be outdone, the local constabulary turned up (although we’re pleased to say nobody got arrested), and a visit to Queenstown wouldn’t be complete without a ride on the gondola and a race around the track on the luge.
Food, as always, is a highlight of camp, and our campers look forward to the yummy cherries provided by 45 South Ltd and stone fruit provided by Jacksons Orchard and other generous local suppliers. Thank you to Quality Bakers for the bread and Cerebos for adding the sauce to our meals. Weight gain is inevitable with the mountain of prize-winning home baking generously provided by local Lions Clubs.
Our “Big Day Out” was held in Wanaka this year, after a zig-zag bus trip up and over the Crown Range, skillfully negotiated by our bus drivers, Peter and Bob. Clip and Climb and Have a Shot pushed us out of our comfort zones, challenging our campers and companions, and Cromwell Town and Country Club turned on a great feed for our tired and hungry campers.
As always, a big last night! The grand parade, banquet, concert and disco gave campers, volunteers and guests a chance to dress up and enjoy some great fun before that last (short) sleep and time to head home to share their adventures with family and friends. A great night’s sleep was assured with bedding and linen generously provided by Alsco.
To all our volunteers, fund-raisers, donors and supporters, thank you, thank you, thank you. The lives of our campers are richer and happier because of camp, and we could not have done it so well without the contribution of each and every one of you.
Regional Manager, South