Vision camp fun
THE disappointment they felt on hearing they wouldn't be attending the state-wide camp was just a distant memory for the 22 vision impaired students who attended a camp of their own in Coffs Harbour this week.
This year's annual state-wide camp was held in Wagga Wagga, but due to the travel costs and the need to stay in Sydney overnight to connect with trains, students from the Tweed Heads area to Taree and out to Armidale couldn't attend.
"Young blind students don't cope well with such travel arrangements," North Coast Vision Service's Lyn Winter said.
"At the time my colleagues and I consoled our students with the suggestion that we would try and organise a camp nearer to home for them to attend."
This camp was held in Coffs Harbour this week, and according to Ms Winter it was an absolute blast.
"A lot of the students said they had more fun than at the statewide camp, it was just fantastic," she said.
Among the activities held during the four-day camp was an interactive show at the Pet Porpoise Pool, ice-skating at the Big Banana, indoor rock-climbing and a visit to Raleigh International Raceway.
"The Coffs Harbour community has been wonderful in making the camp a success, and a special thank you to Busways who provided all our trips for free," Ms Winter said.