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Summer Camp in open air and full fig

The 600 lined up in Irish flag colour coordination

County Kildare, 12 August 2013

The 30th International Summer Camp for Young Disabled

The joyful atmosphere is infectious and the groups then split out into many and various activities. During the day, riding was a sellout; in the evening, the disco ran for hours.

The emphasis was on having fun, joining in, pushing boundaries.

A key activity of the Order of Malta is social inclusion for these young people, which their Summer Camps encourage and emphasise.

Photos: Julian Andrews

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