About the Mackay Sony Camp
In 2014, Whitsunday Anglican School embarked on a new Service Learning initiative in an attempt to give back to the community.
Within the Mackay-Whitsunday communities, there are many families that have a child with special needs. The care for these children is a 24/7 responsibility often meaning that parents do not receive a break as respite services are often limited.
The Mackay Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp is a free-of-charge three day/two night camp for young people with special needs. These children, known as Campers, are cared for by Year 11/12 students (Companions), who are assisted by a support team of volunteers. This team is made up of other Senior School students, staff, community members and medical professionals. Each year, the camp aims to provide an action-packed, fun-filled experience that these children do not often get to experience.
The camp also provides some much-needed respite for Mackay-Whitsunday families.
Some fast facts about the Mackay Sony Camp:
- The camp runs at the start of the September school holidays each year.
- Each year, 18 young people with special needs are invited to attend the camp.
- Students from Years 10-12 are invited to apply for the numerous volunteer roles. Parents are also encouraged to volunteer with over 100 volunteers involved each year.
- Campers sleep within the Whitsunday Anglican School boarding facilities.
- All volunteers participate in a comprehensive induction and training program.
Each year we strive to improve the camp and maximise the experience for both the campers and the student companions. It is thanks to the continual support from our major partners, sponsors and the Sony Foundation that allows us to raise the necessary funds to cover the costs of the camp. The camp is completely cost-free for both the children and their families and also the student companions.