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Newcastle duo ‘paying it forward’ with 400KMS for Kids


Newcastle duo Scott and Josh Sam is using this week’s 400KMS for Kids fundraiser to “pay it forward”.

On Thursday 19 October, the Rankin Park father and son combo will join a group of passionate Camp Quality supporters to embark on a five-day journey to raise money and bring positivity, fun and laughter back into the lives of children and families facing a devastating cancer diagnosis.

Riding though rain, hail or shine, they’ll set off from Dunedoo, with the peleton returning to the same town to cross the finish line on Tuesday 24 October.

400KMS for Kids

But, for Scott and 19-year-old Josh, it’s a personal adventure, too.

They’re taking on the challenge to support families like theirs.

When Scott’s daughter Hannah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2006, Camp Quality was there to assist them through the traumatic experience.

“We want to help and give hope to new and current families going through their cancer journey,” he said.

“We’ve been a Camp Quality clan for many years now.

“It is a testament to their amazing people and the incredible support they provide that still has us in awe.

“We feel so privileged to have shared this journey with them.”

Through Camp Quality, Scott and his family was able to attend camps, fun days, kids events and access other services that eased the burden of childhood cancer.

“They were there every step of the way,” he said.

“Camp Quality has a unique way to make parents and kids forget about hospital visits and just let us have fun.

“For us, being able to talk to other families was incredible.

“It gave us hope.

“I am useless at a lot of sports, but I can ride a bike.

“So, I’m happy to do my part.

“We are eternally grateful to Camp Quality for giving us hope and for giving us our daughter’s life back.”

CEO Deborah Thomas said the organisation was proud to have helped so many people over the past 40 years.

“It is heartening to see so many dedicated Camp Quality supporters coming together to cycle 400km across rural NSW to raise money for kids and their families facing a devastating cancer diagnosis,” she stated.

“Funds from this will mean more families can access our services and programs so that we can put smiles back on faces of even more kids going through cancer.”

For more information, to register your family, donate, or get involved, visit https://www.campquality.org.au/

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