ORGANISERS of a relocated charity event hope Kiama residents will be “proud to call it their own”.
Camsday is an annual event that began in 2012, in memory of then Sydney-based couple Michael and Allana Burke’s son Cameron.
Cameron was born with Hirschsprung's disease, a rare intestinal disorder characterized by the absence of nerves in parts of the intestine.
At three weeks old Cameron had surgery to remove the affected part of his bowel.
“The disease bought a few challenges for Cameron, excess gas being one of them,” Mrs Burke said.
“On the afternoon of November 24, 2009 Cameron came down with a gastrointestinal bug.
“By 11pm that night we took him to hospital.
“Cameron had had a massive loss in sodium.
“He was transported by NETS from Nepean to Westmead Children's Hospital where they tried to save his life.
“We prayed and hoped and wished that he would be OK, until we received the news that Cameron had no brain activity.
“The rapid loss of sodium was too great for his little body.”
He died aged two-and-a-half.
The couple started hosting family fun days so they could raise awareness and also keep Cameron’s memory alive.
The couple have hosted dinner and band fundraising nights, trivia nights and working bees in aid of numerous charity groups and families in need, many of which have assisted the Burke family.
Between these events and the past four installments of Camsday, the family has raised about $150,000.
The family, previously from the Blue Mountains, relocated to Jervis Bay last year.
Having previously hosted Camsday in Springwood, the event will take place in Kiama for the first time in 2017.
The hot rod, custom, car and bike show will also feature a petting zoo, jumping castle, face-painting, a Kiama Lions Club barbecue, woodfire pizzas, coffee van, live auctions and live music.
Since its second year, the event has raised funds for the Newborn and Pædiatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS).
“The first year we were told to be happy with 50 cars,” Mr Burke said.
“We got 202, about 4000 people turned up and we raised about $8000 for SIDS & Kids NSW.
“Last year, there were 400-plus cars and bikes, and six to seven thousand people there.”
Mr Burke said they chose Kiama as a venue due to its scenic qualities and proximity to Sydney.
“The whole idea of doing what we do wasn’t just to raise money to help find a cure, but raise awareness and remember Cameron,” he said.
“We don’t really have any (fundraising) expectations for this year, it’s a new venue.
“The whole idea is involving the whole community.
“We’d like to get the whole community involved in it, and have it become a day where Kiama are proud to call it their own.
“We hope to get the community behind it and they’ll support it.
“It’s not just a hot rod or commodore show, or just a family day. We tried to make it something for everyone.”
The event will take place on Saturday, March 25 at Kiama Showground.
Show car/bike entry is $10 from 7am.
Entry for the general public is by gold coin donation from 9am.
The event runs until about 4pm.