ABBOTSFORD, BC, July 11, 2018 /CNW/ - The BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund kicks off our 25th Anniversary Burn Camp this Sunday, July 15th, 2018 with 79 burn injured children, over 67 volunteer counselors and support staff who will all be hosted by the beautiful Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale for a week of fun. Campers and their counselors participate in group activities such as swimming, hiking, kayaking, river rafting, and arts & crafts. They also receive valuable one-on-one support from counselors and other burn survivors.
Also in attendance at the Kick-Off event will be the young burn survivors. These children (under 6 years old) along with their families, are invited to participate in the many festivities where 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 15th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Legacy Sports Centre, located at 3270 Trethewey Street, Abbotsford BC. This 25th year of camp is proudly hosted by the Abbotsford Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2864. The Burn Camp was started, by the now retired, 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 2018.'
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.
'KICK OFF TO CAMP' is Sunday, July 15th, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Legacy Sports Centre Located at 3270 Trethewey Street, Abbotsford, BC
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 2018!
Event hosted by the Abbotsford Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2864. 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, corporations, foundations, service organizations and individuals.
Camp counselors donate all of their time. They are professional fire fighters from around the province; adult burn survivors; and doctors & nurses from the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn, Plastic and High Acuity Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and the Burn Unit at BC Children's Hospital.
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 and the Yukon. To make a donation or for more information, visit www.burnfund.org.
Kari Woo, BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund at 604-436-5617, or Email [email protected]
Photo & Interview Opportunities at Kick Off Event
• Brian Pederson, Burn Camp Director
• Camp Counselors
Last year's participants from Burn Camp look forward to joining up with their friends and counselors again this year for Burn Camp 2018!
SOURCE British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund
For further information: Media Contact: Kari Woo, Telephone: 604-436-5617, E-Mail: [email protected]