We are so grateful for the continued support of our donors - we simply wouldn't exist without you!
If you're looking to show your support - you've come to the right place.
Make a tax deductible donation to Edmund Rice Camps NSW and help our kids get back to camp!
2021 has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone, but especially so for
our kids who were already doing it tough!
The extensive and difficult Lockdown has had an extremely adverse impact on kids’ mental health and wellbeing – the extent of which is still unknown. What we do know is that camp is the perfect antidote the isolation and distress caused by COVID! We create safe spaces where children and young people can thrive and belong, equipping them with the strength and skills to overcome adversity and trauma.
Our camps empower kids experiencing significant and complex disadvantage to reach their individual potential (whatever that may be) and all the while having lots of FUN!
Kids like *Tahlia, who is 12 years old and lives with her mother and two siblings, one of whom is in palliative care. Tahlia is a young carer, taking on a variety of tasks that would be unfamiliar to many of her peers, made all the more challenging because she also has autism, ADHD, ODD, anxiety and depression. Her family is close knit and loving but face many significant challenges, including financial distress, social isolation, multiple disabilities and chronic health conditions.
ERCNSW is one of the only support services this family is linked in with.
For Tahlia, camp is her safe space. It is a chance for some much-needed respite from her caring role, a chance to connect with peers, build important social skills and have fun. Above all, she relishes the opportunity to talk with peers and feel heard by supportive and empathetic young adult volunteers. After many months of lockdown, Tahlia cannot wait to get back to camp ASAP!
Tahlia is one of over a hundred kids who missed out on camp this year because of COVID.
So this December we’re asking you to donate and help get our kids back to camp! We’re aiming to raise $7,000 – that will cover the additional costs associated with making camp COVID Safe for up to 15 kids (and as many volunteers to support them) for a week they'll never forget.
We'll make sure that every single cent of your donation goes straight to supporting kids who need it most.
So please, dig deep! Our kids need you.
Remember - all donations over $2 are tax deductible and every dollar counts!
Donate via direct deposit
Account Name: Edmund Rice Camps NSW
Email our Executive Officer for a receipt:
Other ways to support camps
We work hard to ensure our programs and services are as affordable and sustainable as possible. We are always open to new ways that people would like to offer their support. Want to float an idea by us? Call or email our Executive Officer to discuss your idea or check out some more options below:
resources or loan
us a bus!
we'll accept (almost) anything
Our programs are often weird and wacky, and always very, very messy.
We're open to anything you can think of. We love receiving food, arts and crafts, cardboard, paints, sporting equipment and anything else you might have lying around!
Do you work at a SCHOOL?
We have an amazing group of schools who support us in a number of ways. We certainly would not be able to do what we do without our school partners, and we are so grateful! If you want to help us out, the best ways to do so are:
Got a school bus?
We ALWAYS need buses for camps. We have a number of licensed and experienced drivers and your bus will come back in tip-top shape (with a box of choccies!)
Fundraise for us
Doing some school fundraising? Please consider donating proceeds to a local cause. We are always excited to come and talk to your students about what we do to inspire them, and we can offer the extra benefit of having students volunteer and see where their money has gone!
Want to teach your students about social justice? Our camps are run by volunteers, and we are committed to providing fantastic training, support and ongoing opportunities for those who donate their time on our camps.
got a special skill?
Each of our camp programs includes either a day off-site or a special incursion. If you can help with either, we are always looking for new ideas.
If you are a business, can you offer discounted or free entry for our kids and volunteers to see a show, an exhibit, swim, skate or learn a new skill?
If you are an individual, can you offer to come and teach us to dance, paint, play a sport, cook a pizza, or learn a special new skill?
we have a load of cool gear!
Our 'merch' is always changing and always fashionable. Get in touch with a member of staff to find out about our latest, like hats, beanies, shorts and hoodies.
Also, we promise:
1. We'll always put the money straight back into our programs
2. Your money is directly impacting the lives of kids in your local community
To see what's currently on offer, click the below button.
We are always looking for ways to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the programs we offer. We would like to do this by partnering with local businesses who's philanthropic aims and interests align with ours.
If you are interested in "sponsoring" a camp, or even a whole season of camps, we will ensure that we do everything possible to acknowledge your contribution in newsletters, on our website and are open to discussion on other ways!
What can you afford?
Not sure what you can sponsor? Costs for programs can be anything from $2,000 through to $40,000 for our Summer season. Contact Bonnie, our Executive Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options and where your interests lie.
A CHILD'S WORTH
"Eddie Rice Camps have been such an awesome thing for me!
The games and activities they put on for us kids is the best fun I've ever had.
I feel so good about myself and my new friends when I get home".
— Will, Camp Participant