Taking a break from the quakes
Christchurch kids make a splash at campLOUISE BERWICK
A group of Christchurch children has swapped earthquakes and red zones for a week of adventure in Nelson.
The 41 children are staying at Bridge Valley Camp this week, as part of the Getaway Camp organised by the Christchurch based Shoreline Youth Trust.
The 10 to 14 year olds from four Christchurch schools had a variety of different experiences during and after the February 2011 earthquake.
Shoreline Youth Trust administrator Ben Davis said the camp provided an opportunity for the children to get away from earthquakes and red zones.
"Just a chance to get right out of Christchurch.''
The camp, which was funded by the Todd Foundation and The Tindall Foundation, allowed the children to have a fun-filled week, Mr Davis said.
He said the children were "just having a great time''.
The children got to participate in a range of activities, from archery to go-karting, abseiling to shooting.
Sumner Primary School pupil Callum Bendall, 12, said he enjoyed being at the camp, and especially the go-karting.
"You can't really do that in Christchurch anymore because everything is wrecked.''
Redcliffs School pupil Sam Blackely, 11, said she liked being away from the earthquakes.
"I don't miss them at all.''
Instead, she braved the Nelson winter temperatures and took to the water slide more than five times.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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