Camp Purple Live is a Camp for children and teens with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, collectively known as IBD.
Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic autoimmune diseases that affect the digestive system, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Both cause debilitating pain, hospitalisations, repeat surgeries and a severely reduced quality of life. New Zealand has one of the highest incidence rates of IBD in the world. Despite this IBD remains a closet disease, shrouded in silence and relatively unknown. Dealing with IBD as a child is even more challenging. It means missed school days, frequent hospitalisations, and often social isolation. That is why the Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust (CCNZ) organised a NZ based summer camp runs annually. Camp Purple Live!
The first ever Camp Purple Live was held in 2015 at Camp Adair in Auckland. We have also held camps at Living Springs outside Christchurch and El Rancho in Waikainae. The children and teens who attend are between 9 and 17 years of age and come from all over New Zealand. Many of these children have never before been to camp due to their disease.
The camp is extremely important. It helps the children build self-confidence, independence, self-esteem, resilience and empowerment. All the things that normal kids get from camps. However the key difference being that they are doing this in a safe and supportive environment, geared to children with IBD. They get to meet kids their own age, usually for the first time, who understand the challenges that people with IBD face every day. It provides an opportunity to develop support networks with their peers and make lifelong friends. It lets them know that they are not alone.
At the camp the kids participate in all sorts of activities: mudslides, raft and bridge building, abseiling, confidence courses, kayaking, air rifles, archery, high swings and team building exercises. Many will step, for the first time, outside their comfort zones. It is extremely inspiring to watch a teen who, just weeks before, had a feeding tube removed, stepping up and jumping off a platform in mid-air to attempt a high swing, not just once, but three times!
Our next camp will be held in January 2020 at El Rancho on the Kapiti Coast and we are in dire need of funding. While we have a team of 30+ volunteers and professional staff, many of whom have IBD themselves, the camp is only made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.
Please watch this video about Camp Purple Live at https://givealittle.co.nz/org/camppurple and consider helping make our next camp a reality.
Our mission is to make lives more liveable for everyone in NZ affected by IBD. We offer information channels, education and support networks. We seek to enhance their capability to live in a hope-filled environment which will contribute to their happiness.
Funds will contribute to camper’s attendance at Camp Purple Live.
Zoe had a blast, thank you so much for your very kind donation and I hope to see Zoe again next year.
Thank you so much Jackie for your kind donation. I am sure Zoe and the other campers will have a blast. We have an exciting week planned ahead.
Thanks so much Tania. Please pass on our thanks to your clients too. We are happy to hear Zoe is excited, we all are too. We are all looking forward to meeting her. Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for your very kind donation. I am sure Zoe will have a fabulous time at camp. Have a very Merry Christmas.
Thank you for your very kind donation Karen. We will make sure Zoe is well looked after at Camp. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the team at Camp Purple Live.