Portsea, here we come!

ELEVEN  south-west Victorian children are packing their bags for a week of fun and leadership training at the Portsea Camp after being selected for  RSL sponsorship.

Four Warrnambool participants will board a bus with others from Heywood, Mortlake, Port Fairy and Colac for the adventure from January 19 to 25, where they will mingle with about 280 children from around the state.

In its 60 years of operation, thousands of needy children have enjoyed summer holidays and a chance to develop their skills and self-confidence.

According to Janet Ferguson, chaplain at Warrnambool East Primary School,  children selected for the program returned inspired to take up  leadership roles.

“They learn a lot about themselves and how to be leaders,”  she said. “We wish we could send more.

“It’s often hard for country kids to get  opportunities that city kids get.”

Warrnambool RSL sub-branch secretary Alex Gannaway said 100 vacancies at the camp were allocated for RSL sponsorship and each region selected suitable participants.

“All costs are met by the RSL,”  he said.

“We’ll start the next round of selections in September.”

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