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Cape Town - Some 32 children diagnosed with cancer will be embarking on an adventure filled with fun, fresh air, courage, self-belief and “a greater sense of hope for their future” at Camp Hope, to be held at the Rotary Youth Camp in Glencairn.

Rainbow Dreams Trust founder and director Dannie Kagan said the 32 children, aged between 6 and 16 years, are under treatment at Groote Schuur Hospital and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and were invited to participate in the trust’s last camp of the year.

The idea is to help "motivate and encourage them".

Camps are held throughout the year for children who face considerable “physical and/or circumstantial limitations”, said Kagan.

“One of our main goals at the camps is to encourage the children to dream and to believe that those dreams can come true.”

The activities are aimed at improving the children’s attitude about their disability or situation, and at teaching them something.

"They include learning about reptiles at a snake show, taking a motorcycle ride in a sidecar, doing creative craft sessions, drumming up energy, and participating in a hike and a talent show," said Kagan.

“The camp will be concluded by a powerful ceremony, symbolising the children's dreams.

“By doing all these activities, Rainbow Dreams Trust hopes to instil in the children a sense of hope and enthusiasm for their own future,” Kagan added.

For more information and to offer any assistance, see www.rainbowdreamstrust.org, or call 0217908375

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