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Australian Camps Association

People Outdoors Fund

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December 3rd, is International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD). A day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions, something that we’ve been doing at People Outdoors for 30 years now.

As we recognise this important day, I ask you to join us and mark this occasion with a donation to People Outdoors to ensure we can continue our important work.

One of the greatest joys of working at People Outdoors is hearing about the positive changes that happen with campers after they attend one of our camps. One story that really stands out for me is that of Julian, a long-term camper with an intellectual disability and doesn’t speak very well. His mum, Thea, shared this story with me:

“As a young child, he had a lot of challenges, like toileting, interacting and socialising with his peers and asking for what he wanted. Julian was about nine years old when he first went on camp with the specialist school he was attending. At the time, we had no idea how instrumental this first camp experience would be in unleashing Julian’s adventurous spirit.

Positive feedback from Julian’s teachers following this first school camp experience, encouraged me to contact People Outdoors. This was in 1998 and Julian attended his first People Outdoors camp in June that year – more than 20 years ago now.

I’m so thankful he discovered the fun of camps when he was young enough to be open to adventure. Over the years, camp provided Julian with an opportunity to extend himself mentally and physically in a well‐supported environment. He was encouraged to take risks and to socialise and his confidence continued to grow.

As Julian got older people noticed that he really enjoyed being a helper on camps as well. When he was in his early twenties, Julian’s love for helping others was realised when he began volunteering with People Outdoors on children’s camps as a camp helper. He has volunteered on more than 35 camps as a helper to date.

Now, at 32 years of age, my son Julian is proof of the positive impact outdoor recreation can have on those living with a disability and I know this wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible work of People Outdoors and the commitment of their team and staff.”

Sincerely,

Pete Griffiths
CEO
Australian Camps Assocaition - People Outdoors

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The People Outdoors fund is used to support disadvantaged individuals by underwriting the costs associated with their participation such as travel, support and other program costs.

Programs include overnight through to four-day camps and provide people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the social and developmental benefits of adventure outdoors. In some cases, participation is assisted by our charity, the People Outdoors Fund. All programs are staffed by trained and passionate professionals and volunteers.

Individuals can apply to the fund for support on a case by case basis.

People Outdoors programs are hallmarked by a high level of communication with parents/guardians and campers, including personal pre camp home visits and post program evaluation. Our programs only operate at Australian Camps Association member camps that are accredited with the Quality Tourism Framework. People Outdoors programs are all about fun, personal development, social connection and enjoying the great outdoors. 

People Outdoors is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service provider certified with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and accredited with the Quality Tourism Framework.

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Corporate One, 83 Hotham St
PRESTON VIC, 3072

(03) 9863 6824

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.