Every year there are more people wanting to attend Camp Twitch than spaces available. And those that do, or have attended in the past, always want more.
Because of the interest and demand to attend camp, the Tourette’s Association New Zealand is working towards establishing a permanent retreat that will be open year round so that holiday programmes can be offered during school breaks; so that everyone can come together once a year to enjoy a mega Camp Twitch; and so that respite can be provided for individuals or families when they need it.
Planning is underway and over the next year we will be working toward raising enough funds to purchase land on to which to build accommodation and therapy facilities.
You can help us to achieve in our goal in a variety of ways by offering services, donations of items to equip the facility or contribute financially.
For more information please contact Robyn Twemlow, Executive Director, (03) 940-9420.
Each year more than 100 people attend Camp Twitch. For some it is the first time they have ever met someone else with the neurological disorder; and for others it is a much awaited reunion with the friends they have made at previous camps.
Often the young people who come to camp are the only ones in their school, community or city with Tourette Syndrome. This isolation and sense of loneliness is often felt by the parents too.
The camp is structured around group activities and low-key challenges designed to create self-belief and confidence in the young people.
By the end of five days of fun and laughter the families go home with newly made friends for life.