Camp Quality

Grocery Charity Ball 2014 to bring fun, hope and happiness to children living with cancer

The beneficiary of the 2014 Grocery Charity Ball is Camp Quality New Zealand, a totally voluntary organisation, dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to children (aged 5-16 years) living with cancer.

Each year through the commitment of more than 750 volunteers, Camp Quality delivers uplifting programmes including week-long summer camps, family days, reunion days, mini-camps and other social outings.

Camp Quality camps are packed with activities where fun and friendship are combined with achievable challenges to allow the campers to "just be kids", to get a sense of normality and independence, and focus on the positive aspects of their lives.

Essential to the running of the successful camps is the recruitment and training of Camp Quality companions. Each camper is matched with a companion who cares for, stays by and interacts with that camper 24/7 while at camp.

Camp Quality provides a structured and well-resourced training programme which not only gives companions the tools and coaching they need to make a positive contribution to their camper's life but includes elements such as relationship building, teamwork, leadership skills and self-development which benefit companions in other areas of their lives.

Around 300 children attend the camps each year and that requires around 300 companions to commit to the week of camp, as well as the time they spend before and after camp building and nurturing relationships with their camper.

Camp Quality also gives the families of these children a much needed rest and specific medical care and safety plans. Camp Quality aims to build into the life of each child hope for the future, a desire to return to camp and a rich source of memories.

Camp Quality passionately believes in the power of fun within a can-do culture to help the campers and their families overcome the challenges cancer brings.

The Trustees of The Grocery Charity Ball are proud to support this worthy cause. Trustee, chairman Don Graham commented: "Camp Quality New Zealand is an extremely worthy cause. The opportunity for us to help bring fun, hope and happiness to children living with cancer made the appointment of Camp Quality as the 2014 Grocery Charity Ball beneficiary an obvious choice."

The 2014 Grocery Charity Ball will be held on Saturday 30th August at the Langham Hotel in Auckland and with the appointment of another worthy beneficiary, it is likely to be a sell-out again.

Make sure you secure your table at this "not to be missed" event by confirming your booking with Jackie Coyne or Alex Mitchell at S2N Events alex@s2n.co.nz 0272 757 222 or jackie@s2n.co.nz 0274 946 211. Or make a pre-booking via our contact page.

Started in 2004, the Grocery Charity Ball is the premier event on the grocery industry social calendar, and directs the profits to charitable trusts in New Zealand. The annual event is held with the support of both Foodstuffs and Progressive, as well as the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council.

A Decade of Benefits for Charities

Every year, the Grocery Charity Ball Trust attracts nearly 700 people from the grocery industry to a gala occasion, the proceeds of which benefit an up-and-coming New Zealand charity.

Camp Quality New Zealand is the 2014 beneficiary. Camp Quality is a totally voluntary organisation, dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to children (aged 5-16 years) living with cancer.

In 2013 the beneficiary was Steps for Life, a non-profit organisation founded by Monty Betham in 2009. The organisation is dedicated to reducing the rate of obesity which affects 1 in 12 New Zealand children and 1 in 4 New Zealand adults.

In 2012 Look Good Feel Better won the bid to become the beneficiary. Look Good Feel Better is a free service offered to women undergoing treatment for cancer. The charity helps restore and enhance the appearance of cancer patients during and after treatment.

The money raised for the Hearing House at the 2011 Grocery Charity Ball helped provide services such as auditory-verbal therapy, audiology, pre-school, family support, transition to school programme, and training and development; giving tangible assistance to deaf and hearing-impaired children.

In many of the years over the past decade, the recipients have benefited to the tune of more than a quarter of a million dollars and the Trustees of The Grocery Charity Ball are proud to have supported many worthy causes.

Ten New Zealand charities have now benefited from the generosity of the industry since the Grocery Charity Ball Trust was set up in 2004. It is this generosity that has given these ten charities a huge hand up, enabling them to go on and achieve bigger and better things in the New Zealand community.

The Trust is seeking sponsorship for the 2014 Grocery Charity Ball and applications to be a beneficiary of the 2014 Grocery Charity Ball are open to any bona fide New Zealand-registered Charitable Trust.

Apart from the fun experienced by the many attendees at the annual Ball, the evening also acknowledges the grocery industry's leading achievers with a Lifetime Achiever Award.