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Order of Malta Australia


2018 Asia Pacific Disabled Youth Camp


Pictured: “Team Thailand’ ready for the camp, returning with the Christopher Cup for the 2018 competition

The second Order of Malta Asia Pacific Disabled Youth Camp was held between 6 – 8 June at the Villa Escudero in Tiaong, Quezon in the Philippines.

‘Team Australia’ comprised of four participants; Shelly Bantine and Solon Toiava from Punchbowl, Thuy Le from Lakemba and Christien Saklawy from Greenacre. They were joined by their carers and volunteers Kelseah Parnell and Maddy Hardjono.

For all participants it was their first time visiting the Philippines. For Thuy, it was his second Asia Pacific Camp where he was able to reconnect with friends he met last year in Singapore.

Activities at the camp included pool volleyball, arts and crafts, obstacle relays, chess and a popular Philippine game called sungka. It also featured inspirational talks, fellowship and spiritual activities.

The following video captures the three day of camp activities.

The 2019 Asia Pacific Camp will be held in Hong Kong in October. If you know any young disabled people (aged 18 – 30) who would be interested in participating, please email

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.