On Sunday 2 July 2017, 35 police legatees gathered at Sydney Airport to head off on a journey of a lifetime. This was never going to be your average adventure camp - the destination of Uluru and Kata Tjuta would see to that. Our coach driver and tour guide, Trys, drove us into the Ayers Rock National Park and to Uluru. He gave great commentary on the culture, history and geography of the region. The trivia quiz on day four was testament to just how much the children had learnt during their stay.
Every day at Uluru was special - from the first circumnavigation, to the sunrise and bike ride around its dusty tracks. It is truly a majestic location and its significance to our history, aboriginal culture and sensitivities was not lost on our children. Fifty kilometres in the distance sits Kata Tjuta (previously known as 'The Olgas'). Almost 200 metres taller than Uluru, it too is remarkable. Another opportunity for a great walk amongst one of Australia's most beautiful landmarks.
In amongst the learning and educational activities, there was still time for camp rituals such as footy, great food, down time, and device charging. Our days were full and our nights spent with friends around the campfire, and a great time was had by all.
The hardest part is always the last night, where the group say their goodbyes to mates that are on their last camp. This was the last camp for Lyall Powell, Darcy Anderson, Sophie Borgas and Olivia Heinjus. We have been blessed by their attendance on camps and we wish them every success in their study and journey into adulthood.
I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our camp supervisors who give up their time and energy to ensure this camp was a success: Michael Cook, Stefan Kent & Ben Strasser (NSWPF), Laura Cochrane, (police legatee & Medic), Liz Dowd (Police Bank), and Terina Bruhn (AFP). The memories, friendships and knowledge gained on this year's July Camp will stay with our legatees all their lives. A huge thank you to our sponsors and contributors to NSW Police Legacy for making these events possible.