Time to join the gang
Right gang, the time has come to head off for my weeks volunteering at the Hole in the Wall Gang camp. I can’t imagine a better way to end my United States adventure than to volunteer at the place I came over to raise money for.
I am immensely honoured to have been accepted to volunteer at Hole in the Wall. It looks like the most incredible place and I can fully identify with their ethos of camp being a ‘different kind of healing’. That little boy in the picture would have loved this place when he was unwell. I know he would have also loved a place like this when he was ill as an adult as well!
I have been told to prepare to dance, sing and meet some incredibly inspiring children and volunteers. I can’t wait!
I just read this passage in the camps handbook and it gave me goosebumps. Paul Newman was a pretty amazing guy to create this wonderful place.
‘Paul Newman’s idea was simple: create a special place where children with cancer and other serious illnesses could simply be kids; where they could ‘raise a little hell’ and experience all the joys that go hand in hand with childhood. The spiritual grounding of this idea was the Hole in the Wall, a safe hideout where these brave children could go find friendship and community when they needed it most. A summer camp, Mr Newman believed, could be that place of refuge and so began his quest to deliver “a different kind of healing”. It would be a camp where, on any given a day, a child could look around and see more than 100 other children facing familiar fears and meeting similar challenges head on’.
Love it! See you in a week!