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August 2008 News

Dear Friends

If I am not mistaken, our last newsletter went out in February. I hope you will enjoy catching up on some of our news. We have had a busy and exciting past few months here at Higher Ground. If you are receiving our newsletter and do not wish to, please email 'unsubscribe' to HigherGroundSA@gmail.com, thank you!

Website

Our website is up and running and full of photos, news and info. Check us out on www.higherground.org.za and feel free to send the link to anyone else who might be interested.

It's our birthday!

In September Higher Ground celebrates our 4th birthday. Please join us on Saturday 25 October 2008 from 11am for: fun camp activities for the kids, presentations on the past year at Higher Ground, bring and braai and lots more. Everyone is welcome to join us...campers, volunteers, funders, families and anyone else interested in what we are doing! Looking forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP to Emma at HigherGroundSA@gmail.com or 072 039 0907 (and for further details).

Camps gone by

July is always a great month as we host two of our children's camps during this time. First of all we held our camp for teenagers who are blind or partially sighted. We decided this year to go to a bit more of an adventurous venue and L'Abri Outdoor Centre in Karkloof was the place. The staff were absolutely amazing, the food delicious and the venue a beautiful, exciting wonderland of adventure. Campers joined us from Pretoria, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and other parts of KZN and took part in activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, foofie sliding, drama, baking, soccer, goal ball, a talent show and much more. The campfires Siya built every night kept us warm and 'baby shark' will always ring in our ears! New friendships were formed, obstacles overcome and many lessons learned.

Our second camp in July was for teenagers with an intellectual impairment. We had many new campers joining us this year and what resulted was a diverse and wonderful group of people. We had tons of fun singing, dancing, playing, acting, hiking, baking and building new friendships. For those who weren't able to join us on this camp because it was fully booked we will keep you posted with further camp dates.

August was a momentous month too as we ventured down to the Cape to run our first camp there. Wortelgat Camp in the beautiful Overberg (past Hermanus) was the venue. Again we were warmly welcomed and it was exciting to run another camp in a completely new environment with so much to do. Highlights included kayaking on the lagoon; horseriding; a walk to the vast, beautiful, deserted beach; short stories, the team challenge on Saturday night and singing along to the guitars until late at night. We'll be back in the Cape again next year so keep in touch for dates.

Camps to come

Camps on the horizon include our annual camp for adults with acquired brain injuries and our annual January camp for adults who are blind or partially sighted. We will send out information with the dates soon so let us know if you would like to be kept informed.

Another exciting development is our camp being planned for Gauteng. This camp will be a weekend camp especially for adults who are blind or partially sighted. Again, let us know if you would like further details.

Many other exciting plans are on the horizon so watch this space!

Wonderful donations

As always there are many people to thank for helping to make camp possible. Many thanks to the following people who have made financial donations to Higher Ground in the past few months:

The Rayner Trust

The Paw Paw Foundation

The Frame Textile Group

The Aaron Beare Foundation

The Fulton Trust

Smith and Nephew

The 31 Club

The Theodore Berwitz Trust

The Lions Club of Howick

Your help is invaluable to us, thank you for being such an important part of Higher Ground!

Volunteers

As always our talented, dedicated group of volunteers have put a lot of time and effort into making sure our campers are well cared for and well entertained. Many thanks to our brave new volunteers and our regulars for all of your hard work and commitment to our campers. You guys are awesome!

Presenting Higher Ground

If your Rotary or Lions Club (or other organisation) would like an update on our work we would be happy to come and do a presentation for you. Likewise if we have not spoken before at your service organisation or company we would love the opportunity to do so.

Finally thank you, as always, for your interest in our work. May the coming month be the best you've had yet!

Emma

PS: Don't forget to check out the website www.higherground.org.za


'In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps' Prov 16:9

 

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