EDDIE ON THE ROAD
During the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, children aged between 7 and 12 years were able to take part in the FREE Edmund Rice Camps WA Eddie on the Road program.
Eddie on the Road began in mid-2011 as Edmund Rice Camps WA wished to reach a broader area of communities and kids in need. Because of the difficulties with country kids reaching their metropolitan camps, this initiative allows Edmund Rice Camps WA to bring the camps to them, basically creating a travelling camp where kids from far and wide can be reached, to have fun and make a difference.
There was a wide range of activities for local kids to get involved in over the two days, including many typical camp activities such as games, sports, arts and crafts, and much more! It’s important to note, however, that the program was not just purely about recreation, but the volunteers’ role modelled good behaviour and leadership qualities which were passed onto kids in attendance.
All resources were supplied along with experienced ERCWA staff and volunteers to facilitate the programs, in partnership with local representatives from Waroona Youth Advisory Council.
Since 2011, successful programs have been run in Yalgoo, Meekatharra, Leonora, Kalgoorlie, Kurrawang, Brookton, Broome, Paraburdoo, Moora and Tom Price and it is hoped that Eddie on the Road can provide this program to the Shire in the long-term.