What a wonderful magical adventure as the group of 41 attended this first time Winter Camp.
There is so many to thank for making this experience as much fun as was anticipated.
To BEN AND KYLIE, our terrific hosts at the gorgeous venue, TAYLOR LODGE, from all of us we appreciate how wonderful our stay was.
Along with all the added support you provided we certainly loved that the firewood was ample to keep everyone warm and toasty. :)
To the Ohakune community who welcomed the group to each activity so very kindly, we would like to acknowledge your support and patience, your hospitality was outstanding:
To all the children who attended, it is a humbling, inspiring and fabulous event, it is always amazing to see how each individual participates in all on offer, particularly encouraging is watching the long term relationships that are formed and will continue into the future.
This year was no different with the comical talent quest, the creative flair in the kitchen as budding young master chefs provided the evening meals.
With no exception this camp saw new faces who were warmly welcomed into the burn family by their peers.
Congratulations to the graduation of Grace, Jayde, Matthew, Sean and Jessica, who have attended camp for many years, they will now move into roles that will support, mentor and encourage the younger children on their journeys as they are now the ripe old age of 18. :)
To the amazing leaders and support team, of which none is possible without you. The dedication to Camp, your volunteering of time is hugely appreciated.
The relationships that are established within the 5 days with the children are quite exceptional, your role is not easy and you work exceptionally hard during your stay.
The Burn Support Group wishes to extend their gratitude for your invaluable contribution: Holly Timms, Brayden Hannon, Nick Nielson, Jorja Sharp, Tayla Henry, Anna Shew, Troy Hall, Delwyn Breslau and this year's winning trophy leaders, Briana McDowall and Jayne Swinburn.
Congratulations to Team 2 along with Briana and Jayne, were their group, Thomas Watson, Zara Phillips, Sean Porritt, Tayla O'Connor and Manukura Manuel.
This year saw the youngest recipient winner of the prestigious Alan Breslau book, Talia Dovaston. Talia was selected for her complete all round presence at Camp, an absolute delight and well awarded. For the boys it was Jack Dragivech, well done!
GRANT A WISH: Congrats to the very lucky TAYLA O'CONNOR, Tayla had her wish plucked from the bucket. Burn Support Group is very pleased to assist towards the start of her wonderful career as a hairdresser. Tayla wished for a start up kit of hair equipment as she proceeds with her apprenticeship. Well done Tayla, we wish you all the best on your future career xx
It is vitally imperative to the Charity that we THANK the amazing sponsors, organisations, general public and the funding providers that assisted financially towards this invaluable event for 2022.
Camp is provided to young burn survivors throughout New Zealand at NO COST to them or the families, without the support of such generosity this unique camp could not exist!
Our heartfelt gratitude to the following:
Looking ahead, 6 months will see the return of the SUMMER CAMP AWHI, all details are available on this website. There are limited spaces, so please be sure to send in those application forms.
If you know of anyone that has sustained burns, or you yourself would like to know more about the Camps, please don't hesitate to contact the office - email@example.com or phone 021 863 670.
Burn Camp Poem
COVID put paid to the summer camp we had planned
But there was no way we intended, to see our plans canned
Then Michele had a brainwave - “Why not a winter one instead?”
All sorts of ideas then - buzzzzzzed around in her head!!
We’d all soon be off to have fun in the snow
She booked all of our fares, to Ohakune we’d go!
Flying into Palmy North from ALL over the land
In our winter woollies, with a glove on each hand
Taylors wonderful Lodge - was to be our great venue
As we each took our turn in serving UP each day's menu!
We had hamburgers and nachos and hot dogs too
Thanks to Mark for the garlic bread, and the soups he did do
The Old Coast Road proved to be a great bicycle ride
Some of us were fit - and some almost died!
The rock climbing was only for the ever so brave
When you got to the top, we loved seeing you wave!
We went for a walk, in the cold freezing air
And met the Alpacas - such a real cutesy pair
Under some old rusty iron, a geo-cache, we found!
We added a note, and put the box back in the ground
We lined up the sofas and quilts on the floor
Snuggled into cushions - almost out to the door
Movie Night by the fireside - the experience was beaut
‘Scene 2’ was the movie - with characters ever so cute
We went up the mountain - and had an INCREDIBLE ride
The Sky Waka was fabulous - smiles ever so wide!
The sledding was fun as we sped down the hills
Roly polys for some as we laughed at the spills!
A restaurant dinner - with all of the trimmings no less
Our tummies were full - we have to confess!
Kings did us proud, as did Dempsey’s with their bussing
They got us around without any fussing
Publicity’s important - we gave inter-views for the press
Jovana and Tom really gave Editor Robert, their best
Our article will be in The Ruapehu Bulletin next week
Hoping other survivors ‘out there’, our group they will seek
The Talking Stick magically helped us to heal
As our stories we told, became very real
They all really bonded us, as by experience we knew
Learning a little more about you, and what you’ve been through
Now, the incredible Dinosaur House, had us all sooooo AMAZED!
And the National Army Museum REALLY did have us fazed
The Quiz Night with Nick - had our brains worked to the core
And those chocolate eclairs! OMG! They were WORTH dying for!
Our fabulous talent show - has REALLY been soooo much fun
When you show us your talents, all our hearts you have won
Each of you tonight - have gone, the extra mile
To bring to our faces, a really big smile
Michele, we all thank you from deep in our heart
As we all say goodbye, because tomorrow we part
Because everyone here has scars from their burn
You may feel when you’re home, there is NO place to turn...
Do feel free to call on any burn buddy friend
You know they’ll be there for you - right to the end
Think of the times you have shared here as one
The strength you have gained, while you also had fun
Back into the community, where we all have our place
But it’s really soooo hard if your scars are not just on your face
Be proud of your scars and wear them with pride
Like medals of honour - which you NEVER would hide!
When you tell others your story, your healing’s really begun
There’ll be much admiration when others see how far you have come
Go out into the world now - and be your own beautiful you
With a whole brand new confidence - and energy too
Knowing we all love you, and that we’ll ALWAYS be here...
Already, we CAN’T wait - to see you next year!
Ruapehu Bulletin - 8 Aug 2022
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