Fifteen families from across Perth descended on Rocky Bay’s first-ever School Holiday Family Camp in April for four days of seaside fun.
The free respite camp, which was entirely funded by Rocky Bay, provided families who may otherwise not have the ability an opportunity to unwind, reconnect, have fun and meet new friends in a safe and supported environment.
An action-packed four days saw families get involved in the Scitech Science Program, a range of Rocky Bay art activities and archery, orienteering, boccia and obstacle courses run by WA Disabled Sports Association. Music Rocks Australia provided entertainment for the camp group, and there was plenty of time for families to bond and relax over dinner, dancing and a movie night.
Iyona Chavez (14), a Rocky Bay customer, and her family have been absolutely thrilled with the camp, which provided the family with an opportunity to go on their first holiday in five years.
“Being able to come to this camp means everything. It can be hard being out, but here we have so much support and the understanding from other families here,” Iyona’s mother Deanna said.
“We’ve been looking forward to having family time, meeting the other families, getting involved in the activities and having support from Rocky Bay.
“As a busy mother of six, I’ve been able to have a good rest with the children entertained and kept busy the entire time.
“For me and my family, being together has been such a beautiful and comfortable experience that I am forever grateful to Rocky Bay for.”
The Seaside Camp in Rockingham is designed for children living with disability to be able to engage in everyday activities and create magical moments that they can carry with them for life.
A free School Holiday Retreat was also held for three children living with more complex disabilities at Rocky Bay’s Contemporary Guest House in Beeliar.