Media Invited to the 21st Annual Burn Camp Kick Off & Young Burn Survivors Family Picnic

BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Camp Counselors and Campers have a fun-filled time at camp! (CNW Group/British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund)

RICHMOND, BC, July 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund kicks off Burn Camp this Sunday, July 20th, 2014 with 71 burn injured children, over 65 volunteer counselors and support staff who will all be heading up to beautiful Camp Latona on Gambier Island for a week of fun. Campers and their counselors participate in group activities such as swimming, hiking, kayaking, a skit night, and arts & crafts. They also receive valuable one-on-one support from counselors and other burn survivors.

Also in attendance will be the young burn survivors and their families. Children too young to attend camp (under 6 years old) along with their families are invited to participate in the many festivities and food.  They can meet other Burn Survivors and see first-hand what camp is about and look forward to when they can go to camp.

A pancake breakfast and Kick Off to Camp celebration is set for Sunday, July 20th from 9:00 AM to Noon at the South Arm Community Centre, located at 8880 Williams Road, Richmond, BC.  This 21st year of camp is proudly hosted by the Richmond Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1286. The Burn Camp was started, all those years ago, by Peter Hansen and Norm McLeod, North Vancouver District Fire Fighters.  These fire fighters, who were also Directors on the Burn Fund Board, saw the importance of having such a camp and worked with the Burn Fund to establish it.

Media are invited to meet the campers, chat with their families and the camp's counselors who donate their time — professional fire fighters, burn unit doctors & nurses and adult burn survivors — all who make up 'Burn Camp 2014'.

In conjunction with Burn Camp, the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund urges everyone, especially children, to take care and have a safe, injury-free summer.  Campers' injuries range from playing with gasoline and matches, to scalds from hot water and liquids, to accidental injuries like house fires and boating and car accidents.

Many burn injuries are preventable. To assist the public, the Burn Fund has issued a list of Summer Safety Tips available on line at www.burnfund.org


Date & Time

'KICK OFF TO CAMP' is Sunday, July 20th, 2014 from 9:00 AM to Noon



Location

South Arm Community Centre

Located at 8880 Williams Road, Richmond, BC



Agenda Details

Meet the campers, their families and the camp volunteers - fire fighters, burn unit doctors & nurses and adult burn survivors - all who make up Burn Camp 2014!




Event hosted by the Richmond Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1286

Pancake Breakfast starts  at 9:00 AM



About
Burn Camp

Burn Camp is funded by the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund.  It is free for young burn survivors, thanks to the generous donations of caring fire fighter locals, the Provincial Government of British Columbia, corporations, foundations, service organizations and individuals.  The Shriners of B.C. and Yukon generously provide their services to transport the out-of-town Campers to and from Burn Camp.




Camp counselors donate all of their time. They are professional fire fighters from around the province, adult burn survivors and doctors and registered nurses from the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit at Vancouver General Hospital, BC Children's Hospital Burn Program, Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital Burn Unit and Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops.



About the Burn Fund

The Burn Fund is a registered non-profit charity established in 1978 by the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association.  It provides life saving, life supporting, and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. To make a donation or for more information, visit www.burnfund.org.



Media Contact

Nola Laubach, BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund at 604-436-5617, or

Email nola@burnfund.org

Please RSVP your attendance to the "Kick Off to Camp" Event



Photo & Interview Opportunities

at Kick Off Event

FOR THE BURN FUND:

-          Erik Vogel, Burn Camp Director

-          A Camp Counselor

-          A young Camper who is a burn survivor

SOURCE British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund

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For further information: Media Contact: Nola Laubach, Telephone: 604-436-5617, E-Mail: nola@burnfund.org