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Making the Telethon video blog

On a warm autumn day in April, our North Star camp crew met the Telethon film crew at the Pinnacles Desert, to film a beneficiary video. For over 5 years, Young Carers WA has received help from Telethon to host camps for young carers. So we were flattered to be one of the organisations asked to film a “thank you” video!

The North Star camp was a 2-night, 3 day camp held for young carers aged 13 to 17 from the 17th to the 19th of April 2018. We stayed at the St Ildephonsus dormitories, which was a huge castle like building, with way more room than we needed for 17 teenagers and 5 adults! So of course, we all had a fantastic time exploring the grounds. During the camp, we also learned how to throw boomerangs in New Norcia, tried lobster for the first time at the Lobster Shack in Cervantes and went sandboarding in Lancelin.

See camp photos here

On the day of the filming, we set out from New Norcia travelling through long stretches bushland then along the West Coast Indian Ocean drive. The drive took us a bit longer than we expected and there were some restless legs bursting to get out and sightsee by the time we reached the Pinnacles. Patchy mobile coverage made it hard to keep in touch with the Telethon film crew but they were very patient with us and we got there in the end!

Not everyone chose to be in the film clip –and that was completely OK. The young carers who wanted to join in jumped in head first with a mixture of excitement and nerves. The Telethon film crew directed the young carers to do some pretty funny things, like run full speed at the cameras and jump up from behind the alien-like rock sculptures that are the Pinnacles. Even though some bits took a few tries, or “takes”, the young carers kept a great positive attitude throughout the filming. Maybe it helped that the Young Carer team kept them plied with lollies.... 

The end result was a fantastic, fun clip which was originally shown during the Telethon weekend fundraiser, on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2018. Check it out below and on the Carers WA You Tube channel and hit “subscribe” whilst you’re there.  

2018 Young Carers Camp: Telethon Beneficiary Video