NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund kicks off Burn Camp this Sunday, July 14th, 2013 with 75 burn injured children, over 66 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 14th from 9:00 AM to Noon at the North Vancouver District Fire Fighters' Training Centre, located at 900 St. Denis Avenue, North Vancouver, BC. This 20th year of camp is proudly hosted by the North Vancouver District Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1183. The Burn Camp was started, all those years ago, by Peter Hansen, a N.V. District Fire Fighter and Norm McLeod, a West Vancouver Fire Fighter. 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 2013'.
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.
|Date & Time||'KICK OFF TO CAMP' is Sunday, July 14th, 2013 from 9:00 AM to Noon|
|Location|| North Vancouver District Fire Fighters' Training Centre
Located at 900 St. Denis Avenue, North Vancouver, 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
| Event hosted by the North Vancouver District Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1183
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.
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
|Please RSVP your attendance at the "Kick Off to Camp" Event|
|Photo &||FOR THE BURN FUND:|
at Kick Off
|| - Erik Vogel, Burn Camp Director
- A Camp Counselor
- A young Camper who is a burn survivor
Image with caption: "Media invited to the 20th Annual Burn Camp Kick Off & Young Burn Survivors Family Picnic (CNW Group/British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130709_C6402_PHOTO_EN_28904.jpg
SOURCE: British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund
For further information:
Media Contact: Nola Laubach