Since 1928, Toc H has run at least one camp per year for children who'd otherwise not get the chance for a holiday experience.
In those early days, an entire camp cost just £20 and the children were taken to camp in the trays of lorries. Today, it's a little pricier; on average, each camp costs Toc H about $185 per child.
Our programs have always been free for the participants thanks to the support of Toc H members and friends. By asking referring agencies and schools to make a small contribution on behalf of their campers, we're maintaining a no-cost-to-families approach.
In 2017, we placed 82 children in the Camping Program, at a cost of approximately $15,325. This figure is calculated on catering, transport, and consumables (such as paint, sports equipment and toys), and excludes other costs such as staff wages, site operating costs and insurance.
Contributions from referring agencies for our 2017 program totaled $3603 leaving a funding shortfall of some $11,722.
We currently do not receive any government funding and as such, we rely on the generous support of the community to finance the Camping Program.
Our thanks and appreciations go to everyone who supports the program, especially fundraiser of the year Kiwanis Club of Reedbeds, which donated $2000 to the Camping Program during 2017. We also received a donation of $400 from the Lions Club of Rostrevor, and our very own Toc H Victor Harbor branch raised $403.95 through raffles and donations.