Our Aims & Our History
PREVENTION & EDUCATION
We aim to lower the incidences of burn injuries and educate people about burn prevention by:
- Holding educational seminars for interested community groups.
- Creating burn prevention awareness by attending appropriate community events with our display stand and relevant resources.
- Working with other community groups such as NZ Fire Service, and Safekids to promote injury prevention awareness.
- Providing FREE burn prevention lessons and resources to schools, kindergartens and Kohanga Reo and other community groups in Auckland.
- Providing FREE resources and ideas to interested teachers and schools throughout New Zealand.
We aim to support and assist people with burn injuries by:
- Visiting patients and their families in Middlemore Hospital.
- Improving patient care through the funding of equipment to help burn patients, over and above that funded by the health service.
- Fostering the sharing of information between burn survivors, their families, health professionals and other interested parties.
- Improve patient care for burn patients by attending appropriate conferences and workshops.
- Offering to accompany and support children who have burn injuries when they return to school.
- Providing opportunities for mutual support for burn survivors, such as workshops and our annual Burn Support Children’s camp for 7-17 year olds.
- Providing support that is not able to be funded through other means.
- Linking survivors to other support systems.
Burns are traumatic injuries for both survivors and their family/whanau. Burn survivors can be faced with many losses – their usual physical appearance, sometimes their home, income, and perhaps they are also grieving the loss of a family member or colleague involved in a fire. Therefore, a multiple grief situation is not uncommon. This is often experienced whilst also enduring a long hospitalisation period. The multiple emotions felt by burn survivors and the need for care on many levels, was the reason that founder Delwyn Tait felt there was a very real need to not only augment hospital care for burns survivors but also particularly support survivors and their families throughout the rehabilitative phase of a burn injury.
On Sunday 19th February 1984, Delwyn’s eight-year-old son, Brendon received burns to 40% of his body in an explosion in Papakura, Auckland. It was as a direct result of this experience that Delwyn began visiting burn survivors in Middlemore Hospital, weekly, for about two years. It rapidly became apparent to her that one of the most difficult phases of a burn injury occurred after the discharge from hospital when the survivor must come to terms with changes in body image and the associated reaction to their appearance from other people. She felt this could be made considerably easier with the support a group could give, as she was receiving very successful feedback from burn survivors who she had ‘matched’ together, sometimes during their hospitalisation or after discharge.
The group has mushroomed considerably since it’s humble beginnings with the first small meetings held in Delwyn’s home in 1987. Over 1,500 supporters and survivors are now on the Trust’s database, there are two part-time employees and the Trust is now taking a three-pronged approach-Prevention, Education & Care.
Read more about Delwyn's journey on 'Our Team' page.
Meet Mr Quick Cool, our charity mascot.
Helping educate children and parents about safety and WHAT measureS to take in dangerous situations.
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