BONDING: The Trestail family at one of the Camp Quality family camps last year. From left, Craig, Zac (Archer’s older brother), Amy and Archer. A Freeling family is hosting a Dine At Mine fundraising event to help raise money for a charity that has given them so much.
In 2011 Amy and Craig Trestail experienced a parent’s worst nightmare when their four-month-old son, Archer, became very ill, and doctors at the Women’s and Children’s hospital in Adelaide couldn’t tell them why.
Doctors eventually sent a blood sample of Archer’s to London to be analysed, where they found an amswer.
“It took four months to diagnose Archer with Leukemia as it is a really rare type,” Craig said. “At that stage he was the only child in Adelaide to be diagnosed with that type of Leukemia.
“Once the doctors knew what to treat him for he spent five months in hospital getting his treatments.”
Archer is now a happy and healthy three-year-old boy, whose life has returned to normal after spending the majority of his first year in and out of hospital.
While in hospital Camp Quality, a children’s family cancer charity, provided the family with some support, but it wasn’t until Archer had finished his treatments when the Trestail family really become involved with the organisation.
Through the children’s charity Archer and his family have attended nine Camp Quality family days and two family camps.
Through these support programs the Trestail family was able to meet people who had just undergone a similar experience with their child, and help the family connect again and get their lives back to normal.
“Camp Quality is all about fun and re-connecting the family again once you have come out of treatment,” Craig said.
“You are there (at the family camps) with the other families that you went through treatment with.
“It’s a wonderful organisation. The volunteers are amazing and our kids really enjoy it.
“We encourage anyone to take up and use Camp Quality, as they really helped us after Archer finished his treatments.”
Dine At Mine is one of the charity’s major fundraising events, which helps fund the family camps and family fun days that the organsition runs throughout the year.
Camp Quality currently only reaches one in three children living with cancer with its programs, which provide children living with cancer and their families with an essential break from hospital, stress and constant worry.
The charity is currently expanding its programs, which build optimism, resilience and confidence – at hospital, at home, at school and at camp. The Dine At Mine fundraising campaign will enable Camp Quality to deliver these expanded services.
This year the Trestail family is hosting a Bogan Bingo adults only night to help raise money for Camp Quality’s Dine At Mine fundraiser.
Bogan Bingo is being held at the Freeling Bowling Club on Saturday, September 20 from 8pm, and tickets are $25 per person and include dessert and entertainment.
Craig said they have a strict dress code policy in place – bogan attire only, and penalties apply to those who don’t obey the dress code.
People are encouraged to bring along a platter for supper and there will be a cash bar available on the night. A silent auction will also be held.
“We still have two to three tables available for our Dine at Mine Bogan Bingo fundraiser this month,” Craig said.
“It’s going to be a great night with all money going to Camp Quality.”
For more information on Bogan Bingo and to book tickets visit: facebook南京夜网/freelingdineatmine.
If anyone would like to donate a prize to the Bogan Bingo silent auction, call Craig on 0418 997 889.
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