Camp Breakaway, a camp for young people with a disability, celebrated its 35th anniversary on Wednesday, October 18.
The camp was just an idea in 1979, but thanks to the Wyong Rotary Club and the huge commitment of many Rotary Clubs, businesses, organisations and volunteers, Camp Breakaway has gone on to become one of the most successful small charities in Australia. “We have so many people to thank,” said General Manager, Mr Terry Hayes. Camp Breakaway is located on 25 acres of land leased to them by Delta Electricity.
“This is a beautiful site with bushland on three sides and adjacent to Budgewoi Lake,” he said. “This property has been a huge factor in our success.” “The future is looking good, too. “We have a lease that goes for another 35 years, at the very generous rent of $1 per month. “It is an enduring act of generosity. “To support our future plans, the Elderslee Foundation Australia (a Central Coast charitable foundation) has committed to almost a million dollars to fund infrastructure improvements. “Those improvements include new storage facilities, the refurbishment of Cedar Lodge, making it a state of the art training and multi-purpose centre, extensions to Breakaway Lodge that will feature upgraded bathroom and toilet facilities to meet the special needs of people with a disability, as well as extensions to office space for staff and volunteers.
“Improvements will also include the refurbishment of our cabin bathrooms to meet modern disability standards. “In addition, the Old Persons Welfare Council, another Central Coast charitable foundation, has committed to $900,000 in funding, over three years, to support the elderly in our community, including frail aged, those with dementia or a disability, and those who are lonely and isolated. “We have a lot to be grateful for from those who helped us in the past, and a lot to be grateful for to those who are taking us to the future. “This is a remarkable place supported by remarkable people,” said Mr Hayes.
Source: Media release, Oct 10 Terry Hayes, Camp Breakaway