Edmund Rice Camps for Kids WA Inc. (ERCWA) is a non-profit, community-based charity organisation that provides recreational and developmental programs and holiday camps for young children aged 7–16 and their families - families who would not otherwise have such opportunities.
Children who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’ due to financial, cultural, social, behavioural, physical or emotional circumstances are referred to ERCWA by a variety of third party agencies that work with ERCWA to provide these children and their families with some respite.
Given the nature of the service we provide, the children who attend the programs come from all areas of Perth and a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. For those who cannot make it to a Perth-based camp, our Eddie on the Road program delivers our services to regional, rural and remote areas across Western Australia.
ERCWA also promotes and empowers young volunteer leaders with formation and personal growth opportunities. A typical camp program has 25 kids living, working and playing along side 25 volunteer leaders. The role of a leader on these camps is more than purely recreation; leaders need to serve as a friend and mentor. These programs offer the young adult volunteers the experience of serving more vulnerable members of the community, develop confidence and the opportunity to develop leadership skills while encouraging a growth in empathy with a broader social understanding and awareness.
We rely on funds raised solely through one-off grants, sponsorship, donations and fundraising in order to run the not-for-profit camps and programs.
Help us make a difference to the lives of WA disadvantaged children and their families.