HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
The Bator Tabor Foundation (The brave Camp) from Hungary organizes since 2001 summer camps for the kids suffering from cancer, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, diabetes and hemophilia.
In 2005, few dedicated volunteers from Transilvania joined them, between them Aczel Dora and Laszlo Zsuzsa. When they returned home, they had the idea of creating a similar project in Romania, then already having the necessary knowledge and significant experience with children suffering from chronic disease of all ages.
But the story begins much earlier: Dora participated when she was 13, as a beneficiary in the first edition of the Hungarian camp. She was diagnosed with cancer. She realized then what can such an experience bring to a child with chronic disease. “The doctors saved my life, and the camp my appetite for living” – she says.
Latter, when she became an adult, she returned as a volunteer in the Brave Camp, with her friend Zsuzsa.
The first people who responded with enthusiasm to the idea of creating a similar camp in Romania were – M.D. Felvinczi Kata, diabetologist, Gyűjtő Katalin (Tulitka) social worker, Jakab Emese communication student and Bordás Szabolcs (Bordáska) project manager.
In 2011 was organized the first Yuppi Camp as a result of the high efforts made on a volunteer basis, and the outstanding commitment of these 6 people. They took the responsibility for the first group of adolescents with diabetes, during the year they made all the necessary arrangements regarding the camp and they also had key roles in the effective coordination of the camp.
THE PROFESSIONALS BEHIND US
The most dedicated professionals who offered us their support in organizing the first camp, and continue to do so are Chech Linda and Nagy Gábor (Mápó). Linda was the leader of Bator Camps for 5 years and for one year she was the activity director too. Gábor has great experience in training adults and he is the manager of the outdoor activities at Bator Camp. They are our mentors.
We are grateful to them for dedicating many hours of volunteering for our cause, offering their knowledge and sharing their experiences with us.
THE YUPPI MATE MEANING
We searched a suggestive denomination for our volunteers, but for a long time we did not find an appropriate one. One day, Dóra had an online chat with Ugron Hanna and started explaining to her what means attendant volunteer in the camp. Suddenly Hanna asked her: so they are a sort of mates for the children?
Like this, our volunteers were named mates. There are attendant mates, playmates and doc mates. In time, with the increased number of volunteers, boss mates and assistant mates categories were created.
The managers of the Yuppi Camp knew that everybody has a wonderful time in the camps, but needed a way to communicate this to the public. The use of cell phone or other communication devices is forbidden. Molnar Mesi, communication responsible of the first camp came with the idea of writing a blog with daily updates. This idea was encouraged by the Transindex news portal, and so, the insight of the camp became public in a way.