Once again, the Association of Friends of Children with cancer “ELPIDA” pioneers opening a new chapter in our country: THE THERAPEUTIC ENTERTAINMENT, applying it through a pilot therapeutic camp program.
The idea and realization of the 1st Therapeutic Camp for children, which takes place for the first time in Greece, belongs to the Committee of the youngest members of the Association, to the “Elpida Youth” Committee.
The 1st Therapeutic Camp was hosted at “THE RANCH” facilities in Sofiko, Corinthias, where 70 children with neoplastic diseases from all over Greece, 25 cured children-volunteers and 25 executives from 28 August until 6 September 2017 experienced the unique experience of the therapeutic entertainment.
Elpida Youth Summer Camp 2017 was for everyone, children and adults, 10 wonderful days full of laughter and joy, full of sporting, artistic and intellectual activities, play and fun, which gave children the opportunity to discover themselves and their abilities, to say, “I did it!”, to develop their sociability and to feel optimistic and confident about tomorrow.
The Elpida Youth Summer Camp model uses data from various scientific disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Recreational Therapy, Adventure-based Advice and Training.
The purpose of each activity is mainly the process, trying something new, regardless of the end result. The choice of participating in each activity is of the children, and is directed by their attempt to discover their personal limits within the scope of any test. Each activity focuses on the child’s abilities rather than on its weaknesses, while setting achievable goals to enhance his experience in all directions.
The Elpida Youth Summer Camp is a new institution of therapeutic entertainment that the “Elpida Youth” Committee brought to Greece, as all relevant scientific studies highlight the tremendous positive effect of the therapeutic camp experience on the mental and physical health of sick children.
It is noteworthy that in this effort “Elpida Youth” found many supporters in which it expresses a great “THANK YOU”.
First of all, to “The Hellenic Initiative”, which with its generous sponsorship, contributed to the implementation of the “Elpida Youth Summer Camp”. As well as the volunteers who gave their best for the sake of the children. Members of the National Olympic Academy of Greece (NTH.O.A.), athletes and coaches, doctors of the Oncology Unit of Children, the Greek Red Cross and the musicians of the Hellenic Navy Band Orchestra.
And of course, the companies THE RANCH, KORRES, O * LIVE, ODEON, PIZZA HUT, KREKA SA, NATURA EMFIALOTIKI, AVRA, CRYSTALLINE, STEFANAKIS, DEDEMPILIS SA, JAR PATISSERIE, PSYCHOGIOS PUBLICATIONS and CHRISTODOULOU FAMILY, which, with their kind sponsorship, contributed to its realization.
A few words about the Commission “Elpida Youth”
The “Elpida Youth” Committee was founded around three years ago and is made up of the youngest members of the “ELPIDA” Association.
The Commission is headed by Mrs. Marianna Goulandri Lemos, Princess Tatiana Blatnik and Mrs. Laura Lalaounis Dragnis.
The aim of the Committee is to raise public awareness of the problems faced by children with cancer and their families, to take new actions and to create and implement new programs that will give HOPE and JOY to sick children.
The ways in which anyone, who wants, can contribute to the actions of “ELPIDA YOUTH” are many:
• By making a donation in the account number of ALPHA BANK 438/002 002 001 197 (IBAN: GR30 0140 4380 4380 0200 2001 197)
• Offering volunteer services.
• Sponsoring all or part of the cost of an action.