|Royal Winter Retreat|
Chanuka time, a time of radiance and joy, is a wonderful opportunity to give children with cancer a well-deserved break from painful treatments, fears, and anxieties.
Children escape the rainy days and frosty nights for a five-day dream retreat to sunny Eilat. Forgetting the painful past and unknown future, Zichron Menachem children spend five awesome days living it up in water parks, attraction sites, parties, restaurants, and five-star luxury hotel accommodation.
It’s five days for children with cancer to recharge the waning batteries in their illness-stricken and chemical-pumped bodies. Five days to reinvigorate defeated spirits and imbue them full of joy, elation, and hope. Zichron Menachem’s Royal Winter Retreat is an energy magnet, and our children return home filled with hope, determination, and a will to battle and conquer!
Vacation for the family
We encourage parents and families of young cancer patients to take advantage of the time that their child is away to reinforce the bonds of their own relationship and to devote extra attention to their other children. Although their pain and grief is often disregarded, siblings of children with cancer suffer terribly. Worry for the sick sibling is compounded by feelings of neglect and despair. These five days are the time to devote and spoil the other children, to take a family trip or vacation that is usually impossible due to the constant medical needs.
Responsibility and medical care come first
The counselor-child ratio at the Zichron Menachem Royal Winter Retreat is approximately 1:2. This, in addition to a technical faculty that arranges the logistics of the trip; mental health faculty and oncology faculty that is present at all times to guarantee the safety and health of our campers.
The hotel boasts a clinic and fully-equipped field hospital with substantial medical equipment. Campers visit the clinic every morning and evening for routine checkup. Registration for camp is contingent upon a medical form signed by the child’s oncologist, which includes complete medical instructions. Our nurses keep a copy of the child’s complete medical file and update it on a daily basis.
All medical equipment and a complete medical faculty accompany the children wherever they go—24 hours a day—in order to guarantee that every child can and will receive immediate, quality care should any medical problem arise.
Keeping in touch
Every day, Zichron Menachem’s photographers upload hundreds of pictures onto the organization’s website, documenting the daily activities and preserving the children’s smiles for eternity. These pictures reassure parents that their children are, indeed, having a marvelous time! Likewise, parents and family members are welcome to post messages on Zichron Menachem’s website and Facebook page or call one of the directors’ cell phones if they feel a need to do so.
A talented photography crew accompanies the group throughout the retreat, photographing every face and event, capturing the moments, the sparkling eyes, and heartwarming smiles. A month after the retreat, every child receives a disc in the mail that includes all the pictures in which he/she appeared and a breathtaking video that keeps the memory of his trip alive in his heart.