Join Steptember and make a difference to Kiwis living with cerebral palsy


Sony Foundation Respite Camp

04 Oct 2018

Registrations are now open for the first Sony Foundation Children’s two night/ three-day Respite Holiday Camp in New Zealand.

The camp is being held at Christ’s College in Christchurch from the 6th – 9th of December 2018 and provides a fun, safe and inclusive programme for 8 – 12 year-old children with disabilities. 

The CP Society is able to help provide financial assistance to help with travel costs for families interested in this camp. 

The camp is unique in that it sees high school students (under close adult supervision) take on the responsibility for the care of children, while also allowing their families to have a valuable weekend off.  The students caring for the children are from Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College.

One of the remarkable elements of the Holiday Camp Program has been the far-reaching effects it has on the student companions, staff, younger pupils, parent volunteers, families of the children with special needs and of course, the children themselves.

The majority of people involved in the Holiday Camps Program go on to be advocates for the program through fundraising, awareness, new program development or volunteering are given love, support, training and the necessary tools to create a better life.

The Sony Foundation Holiday Camp program began in Australia in 1998 with one camp in one Sydney school. Since then, it has expanded to 28 camps in 45 schools and five universities around Australia. In 2018, more than 650 children with special needs will have the opportunity to attend a Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp. This camp in Christchurch will be the first Sony Foundation camp to be held in New Zealand.

With the support of the Sony Group of Companies in New Zealand, it is hoped that this Camp will lead the way for this program to roll out in additional schools across New Zealand, allowing more children with special needs, and their families to enjoy invaluable time off.

The Sony Foundation are now seeking 6-8 children/ young people with cerebral palsy who might benefit from this programme.  There will be a total of 10 children with disabilities at the camp.  If there are more than 6-8 suitable candidates with CP, we will place all interested kids in a lottery.

The CP Society is able to help provide financial assistance to help with travel costs for families interested in this camp. 

 To register your interest or for more information, please contact Gilli Sinclair at gilli@cpsociety or 021 177 7517.


Cerebral Palsy Society