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New Zealand Williams Syndrome
Christmas 2018 Newsletter

Hi <<First Name>>,

Christmas is just about here and I hope you're not too stressed out with present buying, food organising, school prize-givings and works' dos. Make sure to enjoy the festive season with family and friends, and hopefully have some time to relax in the new year with beautiful sunny weather and a bit of a holiday too.
This is the last newsletter for 2018 and is mainly about our WS Camp at Living Springs in Christchurch, from Friday, 25 January to Monday, 28 January 2019. Details and the Camp Registration Form are below for those who have not yet registered – it's not too late to do so!
The camp committee has organised a great camp – with interesting speakers, fun activities for the kids, a trip into the city, the disco, and much more – there will be something for everybody, even time out to just relax and catch up with old friends and new! A list of "What to Bring" to camp is included, along with directions on how to get there.
Assoc. Prof. Melanie Porter from Australia will again be at camp to speak. She has researched WS for years and has valuable information to give to families. She will be accompanied by Jess Reeves,  a PhD student who will present her work on preschool children with WS. Included is an outline of the research they would like families to participate in. This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved and to discuss areas of concerns/delights you may have!

More fantastic fundraising has been done for the camp. 

Christina Stilwell and her son George ran the Queenstown Half Marathon on 17 November and raised over $3,000 through the Givealittle pages. Well done, and thank you to all the supporters.
Jenny McClintock, Jessica and others held a Sausage Sizzle on 8 December and raised over $300 – thanks to your supporters – well done!
Our sincere condolences are extended to the Barnes family of the Hokianga with the recent passing of Frank, Sarah's dad. Frank often attended camp with Judy, Sarah and extended family. He delighted in his grandchildren, and they, along with us all, will miss his quiet but observant nature.
I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! And for all those who are going to camp, we look forward to seeing you all there.
Kind regards,
Sandra Paterson - Editor
19 Skibo St, Kew, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 4879 056

Camp Fundraisers

Rangiora Sausage Sizzle

Jenny and Jessica McClintock and friends held a very successful sausage sizzle on Saturday, 8 December at the Rangiora Mitre 10 – they made $350 – to go towards the WS Camp in January.

A huge thank you to:

  • Rangiora New World for the $50 voucher
  • Rangiora Pak n Save for the free 5kg bag of sausages
  • Hellers for the fundraiser cost of the sausages
  • Rangiora Mitre 10 for the use of their Bbq.

Jenny was delighted with all the support they received and commented on the fact they “live in an amazing community”. Well done guys – and thank you!

Jenny and Jessica McClintock and friends - sausage sizzle at the Rangiora Mitre 10

Queenstown Marathon

Congratulations to Christina and George Stilwell who completed the Queenstown Half Marathon on 17 November. They raised an outstanding amount of $3,354 for the NZ WS Camp in January.

They both set up Givealittle pages to raise money for the camp and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported them. It was absolutely unreal!

WS Camp - 25/28 January

Come and enjoy these free Christchurch attractions on
Sunday 27 January when we take a bus ride into the city.

Download the camp registration form
Please get your registration forms in as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you.
Living Springs Map

There is an indoor swimming pool, a go cart thing, mini golf, trampolines, tennis courts, bush walks, kids playground, rope swings and more onsite.

Details of what to bring

Thank you to all the members who have registered.

We are really excited about camp and are now getting down to the final details.

This is a non-alcoholic camp (it is important that you are all made aware of this) and is the case for camps like this throughout the country.
  • Please bring covered shoes for helping in the kitchen and for walking.
  • Bedding can be hired but you must advise before the 10th of January 2019. Alternatively bring your own pillows, sheets and blankets or sleeping bags, towels for showering and swimming. A fitted bottom sheet is recommended to cover the plastic mattress protectors.
  • Washing machines and washing powder are free. Dryers take $2 coins.
  • Please bring hats, sunblock and insect repellent spray.
  • Also if you have offered carer support days, please bring your forms.
  • We will be holding raffles, please bring something worthy of raffling.
  • Bring your swimmers for the pool and possibly the water-slide!
  • Bring your musical instruments for the concert if you can.

Please have an idea of an item that you will perform at the concert on Saturday night.

Getting to the campground
Living Springs is at least a 45 minute drive from Christchurch Airport. There will be vans available for transport from the airport to camp so please include your flight details on your registration form, or let me know when you have booked your flights.
Please ensure that you arrive at Christchurch airport before midday or we may not be able to provide you with transport to camp. Those driving to camp can arrive anytime from 10am on Friday, 25th of January.
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