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Jordyn Grubisic
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Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

Campers looking for a change to their classic trips will find their answer at Camp4Cancer’s weekend of live music, children’s activities and food, all while raising money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.

From November 17 to 19 at Darraweit Guim, Camp4Cancer host its camping event for campers of all types – from swags to motorhomes – to enjoy the weekend.

People who may not enjoy camping do not have to miss out on the event, with day passes available for those wanting to attend part of the weekend while supporting the cause.

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The camp kitchen will serve homemade food such as bacon and egg breakfasts and roast beef roll dinners.

Camp4Cancer is a volunteer-run charity in its ninth year, raising money for cancer research, and has donated nearly $300,000 to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, including $100,000 last year.

Camp4Cancer organiser Ben Roarty said children’s entertainment, like reptile shows and Blu Sky pony rides, would be available while parents could enjoy live music.

“The event is really catered at entertaining the kids while the parents are able to sit around and listen to some fantastic live music,” he said.

“We’ve got approximately 20 musicians and live bands playing over the two nights. It’s like an outdoor music festival and some of our artists have been on Australian Idol and recently The Voice.

“They’ve done really well on those shows, so we’ve got some really great artists.”

Mr Roarty started Camp4Cancer following the loss of his parents to cancer in 2011 and 2013.

“We started nine years ago in 2015 after both of my parents died in a short period of time through cancer, and I decided to give a little bit back to the community,” he said.

“I called some friends and family around and we created Camp4Cancer and it’s just grown every year.

“Bendigo Bank supports us and Darche is our major sponsor with numerous smaller sponsors, and naturally if any music runs around town, Benny Greggs is involved so he’s been great supplying the music and artists.”

The event will be at 38 Stennings Lane, Darraweit Guim from 12pm Friday, November 17 to 12pm on Sunday, November 19.

Ticket prices are $75 for one adult camper, $20 for one child camper and $30 for a non-camper adult pass, while children 12 and under are free.

Tickets and information are available at events.humanitix.com/camp4cancer-2023 and those interested in volunteering can visit camp4cancer.org.au/get-involved/.

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