Challenge’s annual water skills camp will be held this weekend on the Murray river. The camp gives teenagers with cancer the opportunity to go out and learn a range of watersports such as wake-boarding, skiing and surfing.
The Boat Guys have been raising money to help run the water skills camp. So far, they have raised $24,000 which will go towards paying for things such as food, accommodation, equipment and transport.
The water skills camp has been running since 2012 however due to the financial impact of Covid-19, it has been difficult to maintain these events.
Monash University Waterski and Wakeboard President, Jake has been an active member in fundraising for the water skills camp since he was 14.
“When I was 14 my dad asked me to come up to Echuca one weekend and help him run our family boat for some sick kids and their siblings… he needed a second set of hands to teach everything from kneeboarding to slalom skiing. 9 years on and as a 23 year old I still attend these camps and love it every year.”
“Seeing these kids take on every obstacle that comes their way, both on the water and off, coming out with such genuine expressions of joy is really fantastic.”
Families living with cancer have not only struggled with sickness but the pandemic as well which is why Challenge aims to give families these positive experiences through camps and other recreational activities each year.