Heart Throb Auxiliary are celebrating 21 years of proudly funding and organising camps for cardiac patients from the RCH and across the country.
Called Koala Camps after the Koala Cardiac Ward, the camps are a chance for young people with serious heart conditions to make great memories and lifelong friends. Given the seriousness of their conditions, the camps give RCH patients fun-filled experiences they may not otherwise be able to participate in.
Thanks to the dedicated Koala Ward staff who donate their time and medical expertise to ensure camps are a success, participants have an opportunity to connect with peers on a similar RCH journey, who understand what they are going through. The camps make such an impression that many participants return as Junior Leaders, mentoring campers and supporting the staff.
The 21st camp was held at the YMCA in Anglesea and was attended by 41 children from across Australia. The campers has a chance to go fishing, canoeing, surfing, host a concert and see the Werribee Open Range Zoo.