Camp Quality, a major Australian children’s cancer charity, is experiencing a severe shortage of health-trained volunteers.
Camp Quality camps provide children living with cancer and their families with an essential break from hospital and the stress and intensity of the illness. At the camps the children, their families and volunteers may require general first aid, while some of the children require ongoing treatment – so ‘medical’ volunteers are essential.
Volunteer Helena Japundza: “Being a medical volunteer for Camp Quality comes with a lot of responsibility, but you learn to embrace the fun times and use the skills you have to keep kids healthy and happy.”
“It’s an extremely rewarding experience to help bring smiles to the faces of kids and families who have been living with such a terrible illness. It really shows you how laughter is the best medicine.”
Tegan Davies, Camp Quality’s Volunteer Advisor said: “The medical volunteers are crucial for ensuring that our Camp Quality children and families get the much needed break they deserve. Without them, children that are still undergoing treatment miss out on camps that help boost their confidence and self esteem and teach them about the important of optimism and resilience. Of course, they also get to have fun and experience life outside the hospital.”
Medical volunteers at Camp Quality camps must be one of the following: Enrolled endorsed nurse, registered nurse, qualified paramedic or medical doctor.
If you can help, or you know someone who can, sign up by visiting www.campquality.org.au/volunteer or call 1300 662 267.