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For Heath Broom, volunteering with Camp Quality is a fulfilling experience.

The Newcastle resident has been working with the organisation to bring smiles to kids faces since 2011.

“The most rewarding part of my volunteering is the kids and their families,” he said.

 “I love seeing the smiles on their faces and the laughter from their bellies whilst on the camps through the fun that is had and the energy that is created.”

Heath started volunteering with the organisation after a friend told him he would excel in the role.

“My friend told me that they were a charity organisation that supported kids and their families impacted by cancer and that they were short on male volunteers,” he said.

“I thought: ‘Well, Heath, you have had a pretty ordinary year so why not give back and maybe get a bit of a kick out of it for yourself at the same time.’”

So, he went home and completed the application form.

Three weeks later, following a police check and interview, Heath was invited to attend training and, since then, he hasn’t looked back.

Heath Broom with Michelle Yuen.

Over his nine years of volunteering, Heath has been involved in organising both recreational and fundraising activities for Camp Quality.

He adds that he has created some wonderful memories with the vital service.

“The [memories] that stand out the most are related to experiences with some of the kids that were able to conquer their fears by challenging themselves with different activities and by having the support of the other kids on the camp, as well as the volunteers all cheering them on,” he said.

“I have seen kids overcome a fear of heights by climbing a 15-metre rock climbing wall or pulling the ripcord on the giant swing – an activity that is basically a tall pendulum – or climbing a tall spiral ladder to ride a flying fox.

“I have seen [them] overcome their shyness or fear of crowds by getting up in front of the whole camp group and participating in a group of solo concert items – singing, dancing, even telling jokes or breaking out their awesome dance moves at the camp disco.”

Heath believes that anyone who has time should become a volunteer.

“A good mate of mine, whom I met through Camp Quality, once told me that volunteering with Camp Quality will put your faith back into humanity,” he said.

“He was right – your whole perspective will change in a most positively profound way.”

Visit Camp Quality’s website for more information about becoming a volunteer.

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