Challenge bush camp treat

AN action-packed weekend has been planned at Cohuna for more than 20 children from families impacted by childhood cancer.

Children enjoyed last year's Challenge Camp at Cohuna.

Children enjoyed last year's Challenge Camp at Cohuna.

The third annual Challenge Camp will be based at Treetops Camp in the Gunbower Island red gum forest between August 25 and 27.

Local co-ordinator, Brooke Southern said that the Challenge children's cancer support organisation was bringing eight leaders with 21 children aged between eight and 12 years. 

Ms Southern hosts an annual fund-raising dinner to raise money to stage the camp. 'A Night to Remember' is held in memory of Brooke's sister Rebecca, and two other Challenge members from Cohuna, Thomas and Hayden.

She said that many individuals and organisations are supporting the camp.

The local Cubby House Quilters group is providing a quilt for each participant and another volunteer is helping each child compile a diary of their experience.

The children will be challenged on the first day by a rope course, enjoy a casserole tea, experience a magic show and explore the bush by torchlight on the first night.

The Kerang Vintage Car Club will take the group for a tour through the forest before a bush breakfast on the Saturday morning. They will visit a goat farm, feed calves and have a pizza lunch in Garden Park at Cohuna.

A four-wheel-drive tour of more remote parts of the forest, fishing, photography and face painting will follow.

They will be entertained by young local musician Tyler Hudson.

The Leos Club of Cohuna will provide breakfast on Sunday morning and the fire brigade will demonstrate some of its equipment before a Wetlander luncheon cruise on the Gunbower Creek before the children return home.

Ms Southern said that she was heartened by the local support.

"It's lovely to see what we can do to bring a little joy to these kids" she said.

"It gives the parents a break and the kids have fun."

She said that after her family was supported by Challenge, it was nice to be able to give back and help other families affected by childhood cancer.

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