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Camp Quality Fun Walk at Mount Hotham raises more than $5,000

It was a children’s fashion parade at Mount Hotham this week which hosted their fifth Camp Quality Fun Walk Fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for children suffering from cancer and terminal illness.

The Fun Walk was a great way for the kids to dress up and raise money, with over $5000 raised and more than one hundred people attending the outside event.

Operations Manager of Snow Stuff Park in Wire Plain, Steve Bellie, runs a fortnightly trivia night over the winter season and contribute all proceeds to the cause on the day.

Every year, the Miss Hotham Award is awarded to one of the workers on the mountain who dressed up for the occasion.

Mount Hotham Ambassador and Committee member for Camp Quality, Tracey Williams, said that the support by mountain individuals and operators was outstanding.

“We have pro forma for everything we do and each year we can run on a very small committee, but very reliant on the generosity of businesses at Mount Hotham, Dinner Plain and also a couple external businesses,” Ms Williams said.

“Former CEO of Mount Hotham Resort Management, Jim Atteridge, backed the project very heavily and that today allows us to use resources from the RMB in a way we believe is fit and proper.

“We also have the cooperation of the Ski Patrol for first aid on the day and in conjunction with the walk, the Vic police assist us in traffic management.”

In 2016, both the Alpine School and Bright P-12 School amalgamated and have made the Fun Walk Fundraiser as part of their curriculum to raise funds for Camp Quality every year.

Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board have been coordinating the event for five years with a team of four committee members. The idea behind the fundraiser started as a dare for someone to walk from the garbage centre to Hotham Central in ladies red lingerie for $100. However, when he was offered $200 to do the dare he decided that he would donate it. From this, Camp Quality was contacted and was happy to except any funds raised.

Today the walk aims to do just that, by dressing, sharing laughs and raising money. Ms Williams said that the creativity of the costumes worn on the day showed how much thought went into helping the cause.

“This year’s event would have shown the most creativeness, with most of the children dressing up, and every year the creativity gets better – we have had more children participate than ever before.

“The Alpine School made their own costumes and some bought them with them for the term they have up here. The comments were great and the children were smiling; laughter is the best medicine.

“We had one of the year nine students going back on the bus who had won a prize and was amazed because she had never won anything in her life and said it was the best day ever. So, if you get unsolicited comments from teenagers and children you can’t do much better than that.

“From very, very humble beginnings to today, every year for Camp Quality, this single day event we raise around $5000” she said.

Next year, the Mount Hotham Camp Quality Committee are hoping to have the puppets visit the Bright P-12 School and Alpine School the day prior to the Fun Walk to further enhance the cause and enrich the children about the relationship between children who are affected by cancer and other terminal illnesses.

To donate to Camp Quality, click here.


15 September 2017