Colour convoy helping kids beat cancer
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
Camp Quality annual escarpade will pass through Dubbo on Sunday, October 21.