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Federation Chamber, Statements by Members: Camp Quality

24 November 2014


Mr ALEXANDER (Bennelong) (16:29): I rise to tell the House about Camp Quality, a charity based in my electorate of Bennelong. Camp Quality’s purpose is simple: to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. For the last 30 years Camp Quality have been supporting children with cancer and their siblings and parents throughout their journey. Their programs use education, performance, recreation, respite and play to build optimism, resilience and supportive networks for families. These are delivered free of charge in primary schools, paediatric oncology wards, recreational facilities and in homes Australia wide. Recently, the Minister for Social Services announced $1 million in funding to support the Camp Quality primary school education program. This funding boost will allow Camp Quality to expand their programs to also reach children who have a parent battling cancer. This will help children and teachers learn how to create a supportive school community for kids living with cancer and their families.

There are 10,000 children living with cancer in Australia today, and many more have a parent living with cancer. I commend to the House the important work of CEO, Simon Rountree, and all the staff and volunteers at Camp Quality for the great work they do in improving the lives of so many of these children in our community.