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Kids Camp Australia

Camping / October 9, 2017

Now in its 21st year, the 2017 Kidney Health Kid’s Camp took place on the 20th-23rd of April in Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland. This year 130 Kidney Kids and their siblings, travelled from all over Australia, to enjoy four days of peer support and self-confidence building activities. The event was Harry Potter themed, and capped off by an excursion day to Warner Brothers Movie World on the Gold Coast!

Peritoneal dialysis was carried out by paediatric nursing staff on site, whilst children requiring haemodialysis treatment travelled to Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane from the Gold Coast.

“The impact meeting other "Kidney Kids" has had on Matt is astounding, and to hear him talk so favourably about his new mates after such an experience is wonderful. They are from different parts of the country, but are united in their challenges and experiences. I could not have wished for a better opportunity for him”. - The mother of a Kidney Kid

Tahlia's Story

Meet the incredibly courageous Tahlia, who lives with kidney disease. Tahlia and her siblings attended Kidney Health Australia’s 2015 Kidney Health Kid’s Camp, thanks to fundraising through the Kidney Kar Rally.

Tahlia originally received a kidney donation from her grandma, however that kidney has stopped functioning as it should, so she is now on dialysis. Watch the video above to learn more about what it’s like for Tahlia to live with kidney disease, and the value of Kidney Kids Camp.

About the Camp

Children living with kidney disease can often develop feelings of isolation. Kidney Health Kid’s Camps provide an opportunity for children living with kidney disease to build meaningful relationships and peer support networks with other kids facing similar challenges. The camps provide respite for parents, and offer siblings a better understanding of chronic kidney disease, and the chance to connect with other siblings of kids living with CKD.

The annual camps are held over four days, with an average of 130 participants. Kids aged from 7 to 17 years and their siblings embark on fun, confidence and connection building activities, creating valuable relationships and memories.

Paediatric health professionals ensure essential medical care is provided during the four days.

Volunteer at Kidney Health Kid’s Camps

Please note that parents of children attending the program are not eligible to volunteer. That’s because one of the aims of the camps is to provide parents with a period of respite, while also giving their children the chance to interact freely with their peers.