Irish Times about the International Camp

Here it is more easy: I don’t feel the border between ability and disability’

More than 500 people from 20 countries attend Order of Malta summer camp

Belgians Marie van den Hende (left) and Laurence Cosse at the summer camp held at Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare, this week. Photograph: Frank Miller

They came from Beirut, New York and everywhere in between. They arrived by bus and plane, some in wheelchairs and some with crutches. More than 500 people from 20 countries descended on Clongowes Wood College in Clane this week for the Order of Malta’s international summer camp for young people with disabilities.

“It’s a little bit like hosting the Eurovision,” said Rosemary Keogh, chief executive of the Order of Malta. “The camp has been going for 30 years now. Ireland hosted it twice before, and three years ago we offered to do it again, so here we are.”

Some 180 people aged between 18 and 25 have been taking part in the week-long camp in Co Kildare. They all have a physical or intellectual disability, and some have both. Every country team brought their own volunteers and helpers, joining 170 Irish volunteers at the college.

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Photograph: Frank Miller
First published: Fri, Aug 16, 2013, 22:35