Well, Amp Camp 2013 is over!
Russ leading the charge … 8 metres above ground!
Isaac from Queensland abseiling!I had the most inspiring and and amazing weekend.
There was 22 of us and some drop-ins through out the weekend. We had a boy with NO arms fly down unaccompanied from Brisbane, a girl with half an arm fly up from Tassy, a girl with one leg from Adelaide and a party from Melbourne as well. The rest were from NSW.
It is an inspiring and engaging experience. Imagine a boy with no arms abseiling, a girl with two prosthetic legs doing the climbing wall. A young man with half an arm, a girl with an artificial leg and an old bloke like me doing the high ropes. Kids with one hand conquering the rock climb wall etc etc. Have you ever seen a boy with no arms fire a bow and arrow? I have. We heard from Ellie Cole, a London Gold medalist Australian Paralympian. Ellie lost her right leg above the knee when she was three to cancer. She shared her story on Saturday night and had Sue crying.
I tried to instill in these young people the realisation that they have qualities in their lives that take others a life time to learn. Suffering and hardship shape us. We get to have a say in that shape by how we respond to it. There is a timeless principle here where meekness, giving up the right to be what we can not be and embrace what we can be with all humility, brings a wealth that cannot be measured. There are other qualities they have to accept by faith when they are surrounded by self doubt and ridicule – when the teasing happens or when people stare and point and they are reminded again that you are “disabled”.
I encouraged them to hold their heads high, because they know things about life, about value and what love is that many others will never know. They have been enabled and are rich because of this.
Ellie on the climbing wall & Joany ready for canoeing!
Russell was interviewed by ABC radio about the Amp Camp.
You can see more information and listen to that interview on the ABC web site.