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Charity

Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Project

Positive Kids Camp Goodtime

Region

Sydney, NSW

Funding

$23,900

Funding Dates

October 2012 - June 2013

The Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation provides significant financial assistance for the support of equipment, research and clinical services at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

In 2012, nib foundation partnered with the foundation to support Positive Kids Camp Goodtime that assists the approximately 100 Australian children who are HIV positive.
 
The camp, which is the only one of its kind in the country, helps reduce the isolation experienced by these families by allowing them to share their experiences with other families living with HIV, in a therapeutic environment.
 
The 2012 national camp held in Sydney in November provided 25 families with respite from their daily routine, as well as the chance to learn more about living with HIV and make new friends.
 
A range of additional resources was also offered including HIV workshops, medical advice and updates as well as recreational activities to increase social connectedness.
 
For more information visit www.schf.org.au

Personal Stories 

Andy and Maria, along with their adopted daughter, Maya, who is HIV positive, attended Camp Goodtime for the first time in 2012.
 
The couple said that Maya thoroughly enjoyed the experience and made many new friends who experience similar health issues. It also gave them, as parents, the opportunity to connect with other families living with HIV.
 
"We attended workshops and took advantage of the fantastic programs led by some amazing volunteers. It was a wonderfully open and supportive environment," Andy said.  
 
"The Sydney Children's Hospital Paediatric HIV team and Camp Goodtime have helped our family tremendously. They have had a profoundly positive impact on our quality of life, not just from the excellent medical care they give our daughter but as importantly, from the emotional and social support they provide us. They help our whole family to get on with living life so that our daughter's HIV status can be what it should be - just one component of a wonderful and truly inspiring young person," he added.