‘Just like me’: Vision-impaired kids and adults connect at Mount Evelyn camp

  • Date: 18 October 2019
  • Category: News
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Pictured: Child with dad at Mount Evelyn Camp during vision-impaired family day

In early October YMCA Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp held a family day for Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria. For participants bonding came easy in this supportive and safe environment while exploring the great outdoors. The day was held in partnership with Sports and Recreation Victoria and was supported by YMCA Open Doors funding.

Thirty adults and kids from the north-western and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne took part in the low-ropes course, damper-making, giant swing and animal experience.

For many adults and kids, it was an opportunity to meet others who were just like them. Some of the interactions included sharing experiences, the kids especially enjoyed the freedom of inclusivity and expression.

“I’m blind,” shouted a five-year-old.
“Well, so am I,” an adult responded.

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Pictured: Child climbing the low ropes course

Sandra Knight, Program Coordinator from Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria said it was especially important for the children who can grow up without knowing other people with vision impairments.

“The kids got a real buzz out of meeting others.

“For parents meeting vision-impaired adults helped them see that the future isn’t all doom and gloom for their kids,” she said.

YMCA Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp Manager Jai Marchinton said the family day was a fantastic opportunity for the vision impaired community to connect in a supportive environment.

“Regardless of ability, everyone can get involved and have fun at our camp and challenge themselves. It was an absolute blast to see the joy on everyone’s faces,” he said.

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Pictured: Families enjoying the day