Camp Twinkletoes, run by RBC member Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW, gives the families of children aged one to eight years with juvenile arthritis a fun and educational experience to help them ease their child’s condition.
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) refers to arthritis diagnosed in children under the age of 16 and can cause severe joint damage and permanent disability. Children with JIA face painful flare-ups which affect their enjoyment of play and sport, and often have difficulty simply getting dressed and using cutlery. The persistent pain can interrupt their sleep, leading to lack of focus and mood swings.
Arthritis NSW runs the camp each year to offer parents and carers the latest information presented by rheumatologists, nurses and physiotherapists who work with JIA patients every day. And while mums and dads listen to the speakers, the Arthritis NSW team entertains the children and siblings with games, craft and other fun activities.
Dinners and bush walks give everyone a chance to get to know each other, share stories and feel part of a caring and motivated family community. Many families return each year to Camp Twinkletoes to spend time with others who understand the challenges of JIA and make new friends for themselves and their children.
Arthritis NSW has been running Camp Twinkletoes for more than a decade and, with the incidence of JIA increasing to one in 800 Australian children, they need your support to continue offering this worthwhile event.
How you can support Camp Twinkletoes
$20 will help buy books and materials
$50 will help a specialist speaker attend
$100 will help a family of four attend