In Belgium crenotherapy camps are not recognized by the social security. Thus they are not reimbursed. Apparently, this kind of cure is considered a luxury.
A fortnight camp costs per child :
|Camp per child
||1 day||2 weeks|
|Camp||+/- 80 €||+/- 1000 €|
|Boarding and meals||+/- 50 €||+/- 1100 €|
|Activities||+/- 10 €||+/- 110 €|
(medicine, doctor visits)
|+/- 5 €||+/- 60|
|Total cost of a camp per child||+/- 2500 €|
Even if the Belgian Army offers logistic and personnel help, a sum of € 35,000 remains in order to offer such a camp to 14 children.
The Pinocchio association is convinced that such camps greatly helps the children physically as well as psychologically. Therefore Pinocchio pays the biggest part of the camp. A symbolic participation of € 25 is requested from the parents.
In order to collect such funds, the Pinocchio Association
- establishes contacts with potential crenotherapy centres in order to benefit from significant reduction on the costs of both cure and medical care
- raises financial support to ensure that all children get a reduction on the costs incurred
- requires logistic support from Belgian Armed Forces
- organizes various activities to collect the required money, via sponsoring
We want to thank all the generous sponsors that make such yearly camps possible.
Camp Manager and coordinator of the different burn camps