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November 2006 News

Dear Friends of Higher Ground


We have just returned from yet another exciting camp at Higher Ground! And what a time it was – our third annual camp for adults with acquired brain injuries! I include below a couple of excerpts from pieces written by some of the campers who attended; they are just the tip of the iceberg of all that happened during the week at camp. Much of the effect is far deeper, and long lasting, but I believe these are encouraging to hear too.


‘The most incredible experience I’ve ever had. Even better than the last camp. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in my entire life and the friendships we forged will be for life!’


‘At the camp I found a lot of new friends and I felt that God had lifted me up again.’


‘To deal with what has happened in my life and overcome ignorance and try to manage it by learning to manage my thought life on thinking of my past. Higher Ground helped me to put negative thoughts aside. I will go back home with a positive thought, not a negative one.’



In other news, we are busily preparing for the two camps coming up in January.


The children from Cheshire Homes are excitedly awaiting their time at camp and we are looking forward to having them with us again from 12 – 14 January.


At the end of January it is our third annual camp for adults who are blind or partially sighted. This is, again, looking very exciting and we already have bookings from all over the country!


Bookings are still open for this camp which is from 27 January – 3 February 2006. Contact us soon if you would like to join us for an exciting week at camp! If you have any publication or database that we could send information for this camp to, please let me know. It’s great to spread the word!



Volunteers


Would you like to spend a week at camp? Do you desire to make a difference in the lives of others? We can offer you the opportunity to do this! Please contact Emma on 072 039 0907 or email HigherGroundSA@gmail.com for more information on either of our upcoming camps (11 – 14 January 2007 and 27 January – 3 February 2007) or any of our other camps.



Make a Difference this Christmas


We are still looking for people who would be willing to give the ultimate Christmas gift this year. We still have children from Cheshire Homes who need sponsorships in order to join their friends at camp, and we would also like to be able to offer some adults, who would not be able to afford the full fees, the opportunity of attending the camp at the end of January.


Sponsorship of a child from Cheshire Homes is R600 and for an adult for our camp at the end of January R1550.


Please consider assisting us, and know that in doing so you will be making a major difference in someone’s life.



A Big Thank You

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A very big thank you to the following people/organisations who have responded to our recent request for assistance:


Philip Theron

North Durban Rotaract Club

Inchanga Rotary Club

Durban Rotaract Club

Miriam and Emma Goodwin

Richard Fisher

Pinetown Rotary Club


Also to the members of North Durban Lions Club who visited us at camp on Saturday 18th of November and gave us a delicious braai with boerewors rolls, had a great game of cricket with our campers and joined them playing rummikub, building a puzzle and getting to know our wonderful campers.


Thank you to all of you for being involved in making Higher Ground what it is!



As we enter this busy holiday season I pray that we would each take the time to remember what this time is all about. That in the midst of the planning, shopping, fun and general mayhem that the Christmas season has come to be, that we would remember the true ‘reason for the season’ – Christmas celebrates the birth of our Saviour and may we all come to a deeper understanding of what that means in and for our lives.


God bless you all. Thank you for your involvement in Higher Ground this year and we look forward to seeing you somewhere, sometime soon!


With kind regards


Emma White

Director

 

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