Ro­tary funds give kids a chance to heal at camp

Southern Telegraph - - News - David Sal­vaire

A do­na­tion from the Ro­tary Club of Rock­ing­ham will see a group of lo­cal chil­dren af­fected by trauma head to the world-renowned Camp Kulin.

Es­tab­lished in 2013 and lo­cated in the Wheat­belt, the camp has quickly gained na­tional and international recog­ni­tion for its in­no­va­tive pro­grams. Since 2013 the Ro­tary Club has given more than $15,000 in schol­ar­ships to lo­cal fam­i­lies, with the funds com­ing from the Sun­day Mar­kets held at the Vil­lage Green carpark.

Peter Philipps from the Ro­tary Club of Rock­ing­ham said a re­cent $3500 do­na­tion would pay the fees for 10 chil­dren to attend the camp.

“The pro­gram is run so well and the set up at Kulin is very im­pres­sive,” he said.

“The town it­self has re­ally got be­hind the camp and there’s a lot of sup­port for it. It’s some­thing that the club is very proud to be in­volved with.”

The Camp Kulin pro­gram list includes ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren liv­ing in the Wheat­belt, gen­eral camps open to any child in WA, schol­ar­ship camps for chil­dren af­fected by trauma, cor­po­rate pro­gram­ming, school ex­cur­sions and school camps.

Camp Kulin man­ager and for- mer City of Kwinana coun­cil­lor Tanya Du­pagne said the camp had been ef­fec­tive in en­gag­ing young peo­ple who had lived through har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The kids that are get­ting these schol­ar­ships that Ro­tary pro­vide have ex­pe­ri­enced trauma or tor­ture sit­u­a­tions and they usu­ally couldn’t af­ford to come with­out this op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“We know the short-term re­sults of this pro­gram but now that we’ve been run­ning for five years, we’re start­ing to see the long-term re­sults as well. Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana is one of our high­est catch­ment zones and our first group of kids we had from there are start­ing to re­turn as vol­un­teers, which is re­ally great to see.”

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Photo avail­able at west­ Peter Philipps from the Ro­tary Club of Rock­ing­ham.

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