Camp Quality – an annual initiative of the Rotary Club of White River – was held with the assistance of Tsogo Sun’s Emnotweni and other sponsors between 4th and 9th of April 2018.

The camp began with a welcome braai for over 40 children and sponsors who arrived from the oncology units at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Gauteng and supported by the Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Highlights of the six days included being serenaded by a local choir, splashing and sliding at Mafunyane Waterpark, encounters with elephants, getting to ride in an aeroplane, going for a spin on a motorbike and even stroking snakes.  Best of all, the kids got to play every day.

Emnotweni arranged a medic to stay with the children at all times on the bus and during the camp, it further assisted with a vehicle and driver to help with transportation.  Water was provided for all the excursions and all the kids were kitted out with caps.   This unforgettable experience ended with a farewell dinner sponsored by Emnotweni.  Volunteers from nearby schools who sacrificed their holidays to assist during the camp’s excursions, were each rewarded with a ticket to movies@ Emnotweni.

“Several staff members also volunteered their time and I don’t know who had more fun, us, or the kids,” says Emnotweni General Manager, Adam MacIntyre. “In all seriousness though, we were inspired by their bravery and are reminded that life should be enjoyed to the fullest. Camp Quality is one of several projects that we have enjoyed being part of in the 21 years that we have been operating in Mbombela and it is an important part of fulfilling our commitment to giving back to – and making a difference in – the community.”

 

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