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Camp organised for Bushfire affected families

Apr 1, 2021

“It’s all about fun” –  Anglesea 2021 Camp Following on from the devastating bushfires that affected families in Far East Gippsland in January 2020, these families  are now determined to see 2021 as “all about fun”, as they embark on a family friendly camp in Anglesea to recover from the bushfire trauma of 2020.

A group of community minded people from the Anglesea Community Network, along with Auspice Host, the Anglesea Community House, have kindly donated their time and energy to enable families still recovering from the bushfire and pandemic, to come together, relax and also enjoy an all expenses paid week of family friendly fun at Burnside Camp in Anglesea.

The camp, taking place 11-15th April 2021, was originally expected to run in September 2020, in the lead up to the first year Anniversary of the devastating 2019/20 bushfires in the region. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused it to be rescheduled till April. The community led Mallacoota and District Recovery Association (MADRA), in association with the Cooperating Parish of Croajingolong, are preparing and planning the fun-filled week.  The program is generously funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal conducted in partnership with the Victorian Government and Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation.

Baptist Camping Victoria, who manage Burnside Camp in Anglesea, have generously subsidised costs for the camp, which will include quality bunk-room accommodation, all meals, onsite activities, as well as some off-site activities.  Organisers are also extremely grateful to the Anglesea and Mallacoota Lion’s Club, who have also assisted with the planning and funding of the camp.

Local Anglesea businesses such as “Go Ride a Wave” are offering a number of free surf lessons to camp attendees,  “Seaside Seconds” are donating funds to assist with entertainment during the week and APCO Foundation have donated fuel vouchers to assist families with their petrol to help attend the camp. Families will also have the option of participating in day-trips to other tourist destinations along the Great Ocean Road. 
After a difficult 2020 for many in the Far East Gippsland region, it is an exciting possibility to be able to provide a week of safe, free, fun for these families.

To help us provide this fun filled week, we are looking for volunteers to ensure things run smoothly. Areas such as items required to provide to participants arriving at the camp, meal service, helping pull together welcome bags, help in running programs external to Burnside Camp, and preparation etc. 

Please note: Volunteers will need to have a Working With Children Check.  

If you would like to volunteer, please send through your Contact name, telephone number, availability for the week, ie 11-15 April 2021 (the week of the camp) or any dates prior to this to assist with preparation.
For further information:
Contact:  Sheryle Luttrell
Tel: 0467 925 555
Email: msheryle@bigpond.com

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