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Thursday, 15 March 2001

Having the time of his life with Wayne Pearce…Camp Go Ahead

Nothing was going to stop ten year old, Steven Davis of Bowral from taking part in a camp especially for kids living with a brain injury.

The ninth annual Camp Go Ahead, held earlier this month at Rathane in the Royal National Park, included kids from across NSW. Camp Go Ahead, a joint initiative between, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, The Children's Hospital at Westmead and the Rural Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs gives kids the chance to get together and escape the limitations they may face in daily life.

Steven had the time of his life, taking part in archery, fishing, boating and team games. He also got to meet one of his sporting heroes, Wayne Pearce, National Rugby League legend. Wayne has taken up the role of patron for Camp Go Ahead. Wayne lent his support to the camp by running sports clinics with the children and presenting special awards.

'I am thrilled to be part of such a worthwhile event. I personally feel that Camp Go Ahead is a vital tool in helping kids with a brain injury to further develop social, cognitive and physical skills. We are able to provide an extra helping hand - and have a great time as well!' said Wayne.

Steven was involved in an accident while riding his trike in September 1997. Steven suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and spent ten months in the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

There is no barrier to participating at Camp Go Ahead and the kids are actively encouraged to participate in all the activities.

Camp Go Ahead allows these children, who commonly experience difficulties with memory, concentration and communication to interact with one another and share their experiences in a relaxed environment.

Each year the Camp organisers rely on the community for support, and places are limited.

For Further Information Contact:

Catharina Boer, Public Affairs Manager Tel: 9382 3571 - Mob:0411 730 842

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