The Gibb Challenge is intent upon supporting charities with regional relevance and demonstrated integrity. In 2024, our event has selected the Kyle Andrews Foundation (KAF) to be the principal beneficiary of our celebrated community event, with another ambitious fund-raising target of $500,000.
It all began because of an inspirational boy called Kyle Andrews…
Kyle was a brave young boy from Broome who loved life and lived it to the fullest.
In early 1998 after being diagnosed with Leukemia, he spent much of his time in Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Perth undergoing treatment. Although the treatment was difficult and draining, he looked forward to returning home to Broome for a few weeks for a much-needed break. The time spent in Broome helped Kyle recharge and made him feel stronger. Kyle knew his friends in Ward 3B of PMH deserved to escape the ‘white walls’ of the oncology ward, inspiring his dream of bringing his young friends to Cable Beach so in his words “They might feel better”. This is where it all started!
The Broome community rallied around and raised the funds for the first ever Kyle’s Camp in 1988. “Kyle’s Camp 98” was such a wonderful and enriching experiencing for everyone who attended, together with their carers and the organisers, it became an annual event.
Sadly, Kyle lost his battle with cancer at the young age of 11 after experiencing the first Kyle’s Camp with his friends, but his legacy lives on in the Kyle Andrews Foundation Inc.
The Kyle Andrews Foundation Inc group has been working together since 1988 to achieve Kyle’s dream and is a fully incorporated as a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. The committee are all volunteers so every cent raised will go towards supporting kids with serious or life threatening health battles.