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Camp Quality Volunteer Blaize

Volunteer Photographer

Recently I was offered the opportunity to be a Camp Quality Volunteer Photographer at a Camp Quality ‘Middle Camp’ at Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast.

It is always a touching to meet the amazing children and volunteers that participate in these types of events. Not only are the children incredibly brave, positive and inspiring, but I was also struck by the incredible camaraderie of all the volunteers present.Camp Quality Volunteer Blaize

You can make a difference too!

The volunteers were obviously having as much fun as the kids and making a huge difference in the lives of these young people.

I was compelled to ask them about their experiences as volunteers. These volunteers make it possible for children living with cancer or living with someone close to them that has cancer, to have time out and fun and receive a boost to their lives.

It’s a very special thing to do and I encourage anyone out there that has ever wanted to do something really meaningful with their lives and their spare time, to help the children and families from Camp Quality.Camp Quality Volunteer Blaize

So why volunteer? Lets ask Blaize.

Blaize is a 24 year old tradie from Logan who’s family has been touched by cancer, he has volunteered with Camp Quality for just over a year.

He joined because he wanted to help kids. “the kids have been through a lot of difficult times” and he wanted to help be part of allowing them to experience fun and interesting challenges and to give something back.

The best part of the camps for Blaize is seeing the kids faces light up when they manage to achieve something they have never tried before.Camp Quality Volunteer Blaize

Some kids arrive quite shy and the camp helps them come out of their shell and builds their confidence.

Blaize loved the experience so much that he has helped out at 5 camps already in this first year of volunteering.

He is working on a challenge of his own at the moment… The Camp Quality

“Live Laugh Ride Challenge”

a mammoth 5 day bike ride that will vary between 50km and 75km per day through Cambodia and Vietnam and then 2 days of community service helping build a house for a disadvantaged family.

Can you help Blaize in his mission?

He wants to raise $3500 and is just under $2000 so far!

You can help Camp Quality by sponsoring Blaize at this web page.

Margherita :)

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Camp Quality Supper Club

Georgina Lewis and Paul O’Brien supporting Camp Quality

Georgina Lewis and Paul O’Brien supporting Camp Quality

I recently had the pleasure of supporting the Camp Quality Supper Club. Over 288 guests had an exciting evening out at 24 top Brisbane restaurants. The Supper Club has been going for 10 years, starting in Melbourne, to raise money for childhood cancer sufferers and their families.

It’s always a fun night

Its the 7th year in a row that I volunteer my skills as a photographer to capture the evening. This year the theme was ‘Wonderland” so I managed to meet The Queen of Hearts, Alice of course and The Mad Hatter. I will post photos as soon as I get them.

Photographing celebrities

Many celebrities were present and I was very happy to meet Georgie Lewis from Channel 10 News, Damien Anthony Rossi and Val and John Foote who are on the Board at Camp Quality.

So How does this work?

Almost 200 of Australia’s top restaurants gave generously, donating tables, food and service to children’s cancer charity Camp Quality. Throughout May 2013, six cities hosted the Camp Quality Supper Club, which fundraises to help create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. After the guests have enjoyed their fine dining experience, they are chauffeured by Lexus to a Secret After Party at a special location.

Camp Quality Supper Club

Camp Quality Chairman John Foote with wife Val at Moda Brisbane

This year’s Camp Quality Supper Club ‘Secret After Party’ location..

This year it was in the Amazing Cloud Land in The Valley. WOW. There were tables over flowing with lollies, live music, croquet and free flowing wines from the sponsors McWilliam’s &  Champagne Taittinger.

It’s always a pleasure

to be part of the evening and I thoroughly recommend it to any business or group wanting to have a fantastic evening out and for the great feeling of knowing all the money raised is going to Camp Quality to help brighten the lives of all the families and their children.

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Camp Quality Fun Day – action packed kids photos
 

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Fun Photos with the Camp Quality kids

Camp Quality Thank You Margherita

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I never need an excuse to take some fun kids photos. Over the weekend I got to have a great time helping out Camp Quality by doing just that!  I had the pleasure of being invited to capture all the spirited activities at a fun day the team had organised for the children.

However, whilst driving up to Mt Tamborine on Brisbane’s Southside I found I had been lulled into a bit of a contemplative state. In fact, as I made my way higher and higher up the mountain, I had grown a little apprehensive.

I asked myself, would I be able to control my tears?

… seeing so many little children suffering from cancer, fighting to get well. I didn’t know.

I feel very strongly about children and want to love them all.

I knew it was supposed to be a fun and happy camp but the idea of these kids being in discomfort and imagining how their parents would be feeling made me worried.

It brought back memories of a very special little baby, the first child I witnessed being born into the world in an attic in London. Pia. When Pia was just a child she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. A vicious cancer which after a 2 year fight, took her life. Her father, a dear old friend from Art College days passed away just 6 years ago, also from cancer.

So with these thoughts in my mind, I reached the summit. As I got nearer to the camp grounds I found that a misty fog had rolled in and shrouded the place.

But it soon cleared and it developed into a clear sunny day – perfect for lots of fun kids photos!

I’m here

My first view of the children was a bunch of sprightly boys kicking a ball around as I entered the car park.

Bright colours happy faces and lots of adults met me there.

It would be Okay, I was sure.

Margherita captures kids photos at a recent Camp Quality fun day

Margherita and a few of the Camp Quality team members

 

The bright Camp Quality shirts and hats and people shone out happily.

What an exciting adventure. A room full of 50 children and their companions were planning their day. They had slept there the night before in the dorms and were happily looking forward to another day of fun. Outside a huge jumping castle was being assembled and there was a buzz in the air.

In an open field the games began

Soccer, skipping, tug-o-war, ‘catchies’ and cricket filled the air with shrieks of laughter and playful fun. I made my way around the children noticing that with most of them were no outward signs of sickness. Some were siblings of the kids with cancer.

Some had not much hair and the littlest one was just 4. The 4 year old was so feisty and spirited, she had a few companions watching out for her as she had her own rules.

At one stage as I was taking some kids photos of them pitching the ball in the cricket game, suddenly I felt a huge embrace and turned to see little miss 4 hugging me. I was then instructed to smell her perfume and she was off. So special, what a fighter.

After some morning tea

… more games were played and we organised group photos and fun images of giggling children. I met many of the companions that day. Lots of age groups and all volunteers doing a great job and obviously also having fun.

I chatted to some young guys in their late 20’s who gave up their weekends to help the kids at camps all the time. Each child was allocated a companion that did everything with them. The kids had not even met them until the camp but the close bond they had all formed was obvious.

The day had flashed by – action kids photos

Before I knew it I was done and a lovely day had passed with amazing children and carers that were doing a great job to brighten the lives of the kids – and also their parents who had a small respite break from the toil of hospital visits and treatments.

Now that I had spent time with the children capturing all these bright vibrant kids photos it would make volunteering for the “Camp Quality Supper Club” even more meaningful :)

Thank you all for a very fun memorable day!

Margherita :)

 

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