Colour con­voy help­ing kids beat can­cer

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

DUBBO will have the chance to see the colour­ful con­voy of Camp Qual­ity’s es­carpa­di­ans when they pass through town on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, as part of their an­nual mo­tor­ing ad­ven­ture.

Over 60 dec­o­rated cars will pa­rade down Mac­quarie Street cre­at­ing a spec­ta­cle not to be missed.

“Es­carpade is the tan­gi­ble ex­pres­sion of “kid’ness” be­cause it’s adults dress­ing up and hav­ing a great time and hav­ing wa­ter fights at the end of the day and spend­ing time with kids,” Camp Qual­ity CEO Kylea Tink told Dubbo

“Kid’ness is a phrase we use at Camp Qual­ity. It’s about how to be a child, to be­lieve com­pletely that any­thing is pos­si­ble and how to give with­out any ex­pec­ta­tion of any­thing in re­turn,” she said.

Camp Qual­ity is a self-re­fer­ral or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing chil­dren who have a di­ag­no­sis of can­cer or have some­one they love who has had a di­ag­no­sis.

“Camp Qual­ity is about pro­tect­ing and nur­tur­ing “kid’ness” for our chil­dren when they’re go­ing through a can­cer ex­pe­ri­ence. That’s about 80,000 chil­dren im­pacted in some way by can­cer ev­ery year,” Ms Tink said.

Ser­vices are pro­vided free of charge.

“We can do that thanks to fundrais­ers like the es­carpa­di­ans. We don’t re­ceive any state or fed­eral fund­ing so we are 100 per cent re­liant on peo­ple’s do­na­tions and events like es­carpade, or cor­po­rate part­ners.

“It’s one of the spe­cial things about Camp Qual­ity. We only ex­ist be­cause other peo­ple re­ally be­lieve that what we’re do­ing is im­por­tant to kids,” she said.

Sixty-two themed cars with a min­i­mum age of 20 years will take part in the week-long mo­tor­ing ad­ven­ture to show­case their whacky dec­o­ra­tions fol­low­ing 12 months of prepa­ra­tion and fundrais­ing for Camp Qual­ity.

“At Camp Qual­ity we be­lieve laugh­ter is the best medicine,” Ms Tink said. ABOUT 80 peo­ple turned up to Mid-mac­quarie Land­care’s (MML) Stargaz­ing at Welling­ton Caves last Satur­day evening.

A few clouds run­ning about the sky didn’t stop ev­ery­one from catch­ing close-up glimpses of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn and the at­ten­dees also got a dose of some dark-sky le­gends that have been handed down over hun­dreds of Wi­rad­juri gen­er­a­tions.

The Caves is such a great venue for th­ese sorts of in­ter­ac­tive work­shop/sem­i­nar/tourism events so ex­pect many more of the same into the fu­ture.

Cap­i­tal­is­ing on Indige­nous cul­ture is a sure-fire win­ner for Welling­ton and Dubbo. Peo­ple from afar have an in­cred­i­ble hunger to know more about the world’s old­est con­tin­u­ous cul­ture and if th­ese sorts of events be­come com­mon­place, that’ll not only cre­ate lo­cal jobs, but en­sure far more ac­cess to cul­tural learn­ing for the lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity as well.

– John Ryan

PHOTO: CAMP QUAL­ITY.

Camp Qual­ity an­nual es­carpade will pass through Dubbo on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

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