CAMP Out, Australia’s only week-long camp for LGBTI teenagers, have just launched their fundraising initiative Dine Out 4 Camp Out.

The initiative involves community members or businesses bringing people together and hosting a meal. Each person donates the cost of a dine-out meal, with 100 per cent of funds raised going directly towards Camp Out, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.

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Run exclusively by community volunteers, the camping trip involves health promotion, educational, creative, musical and capacity building workshops.

Over the years, Camp Out has provided a fun, safe week for more than 173 campers, many from rural and regional NSW.

Young people who attend the camp, aged between 13 and 17, are given time to connect with the community, explore their sense of identity, and to discover the possibilities of living as a young LGBTI person.

Last year, popular Newtown cafe Three Queens hosted Dine Out, and managed to raise over $3000.  

“The Three Queens event allowed the Camp Out crew to not only hire all the transport to bus the campers to the camp location but also to pay for the travel of campers from rural NSW,” Camp Out crew member Kristian Reyes said.

“Dine Outs are an easy way for the LGBTIQA community to ‘give back’ and ensure younger generations are given opportunities not afforded to those who came before them.”

Camp Out is entirely volunteer-run and receives no government funding.

If you, your friends or your business are interested in running a Dine Out 4 Camp Out to help out this Mardi Gras season, email info@campout.org.au for details.

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