People and Places
25/11/2020
Camp calls for community help

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The Portsea Camp has a proud history supporting Victorian children and families – in particular those who, for a range of reasons, might be doing it tough. The camp has its origins in the mid-1940s and is a registered charity governed by a board of directors. It gives children and young people access to experiences they would not otherwise have. It’s a community of staff, volunteers and campers coming from all over metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria. The camp is enjoyed and cherished by more than 10,000 children and 250 volunteers annually. The Portsea Camp strives to help children, their families and the community be healthy, happy and well.

“As we can’t run the camp the normal way by running school and community camps that generate profits that are then used for the free and subsidised spots for the charity places, it leaves everything up in the air,” said CEO Sandra Martin. “At a time when we have less funds, there will be more need for support.”

Over its history, The Portsea Camp has provided a safe place for almost 500,000 vulnerable children from all over Victoria who come to enjoy the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, learn new skills, make friends, and escape the worries of the world. COVID-19 has devastated the camp’s reserves. Now it needs your support to ensure it can keep giving to children in need. Now more than ever, our children need to reconnect with nature, enjoy some adventure and sleep under the stars. 

In order to secure its future, The Portsea Camp is reaching out to the community for assistance. The reality is that if this effort fails, it may be forced to close permanently – but the hope is it can raise the necessary money to stay open over this summer and beyond. Follow The Portsea Camp’s progress on Facebook and Instagram @Portsea_Camp or donate at https://keep-the-campfire-burning.raisely.com/

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