This year saw the highest number of attending burn survivors at Camp!
With 33 children from throughout New Zealand along with 4 leaders and 4 support volunteers, an action packed schedule was enjoyed by all.
Camp is not possible without the support of the many organisations, sponsors and fundraising events that contribute to funds enabling each year the invaluable camp to take place.
This year Burn Support Group would like to make mention and express there gratitude to: LIONS FOUNDATION, THE HOWICK LOCAL BOARD, SOUTHERN STARS and KARL AND JAN BRANNIGAN - your sponsorship is truly appreciated.
Each year brings our familiar faces and the newbies, the wonderful friendships that are made and the many memories to be shared are humbling to see, these inspiring young individuals are provided with an environment to feel safe, activities to bring smiles all while being supported by the fabulous, committed and dedicated volunteers.
Our sincere appreciation to: AROHA ANDREWS, TAYLA HENRY, NICK NEILSON, MARIE-CHARLOTTE NAHE, TROY HALL, JAYNE SWINBURN, HOLLY TIMMS & BRIANA MELDRUM.
This year is very special with the graduation of BRAYDEN HANNON, JORJA SHARP and GILAD RAISUN.
These three have attended camp up to the age of 17 and will be moving into leadership roles in the future. Their participation and attitudes are to be commended, they are true assets for the younger children and it has been a pleasure for all to see the growth, confidence and personalities evolve during there time at Camp Awhi...
It truly was the year for JESSICA MARGINSON, and it was wonderful to see her mum Angela, watch on as she received Alan Breslau's book, won Grant A Wish and was in the trophy winning team. A very big congratulations from us all. Jessica is in the top New Zealand Ten Pin Bowling players and Burn Support Group will be supporting her in the upcoming tournament. GO JESS! :)
Congrats to trophy team: JETT, MANAKURA, JESSICA, ZARA, OWEN, DAN, MATTHEW, HARMONY, leader AROHA, support TAYLA.
To all those organisations and public that contributed to the timetable for 2021, B.S.G sincerely appreciate your efforts and time:
Thanks also to: Jim Kayes for his brilliant fun night as the Camp Bingo Host. Jim is the Ambassador for the Charity, always extremely accommodating making each and every event a lot of fun and laughter, Camp being no exception..
2022 will see Camp Awhi take place outside Tauranga at NGATUHOA LODGE, so you can look forward to further experiences and new adventures. Camp applications are available on the website, to the parents/caregivers please note application forms are to be completed and returned to the office for 30th SEPTEMBER 2021.
Burn Camp Poem
Eastern Beach 2021
Our local MP, Mr Simeon Brown
Arrived in to welcome us, to his home town
Then fun on the jetski’s proved, quite a blast
Zooming along, really ever so fast!
Some tipped out of the biscuits and got really wet
Would we do it again? On that you can bet!
If it hadn’t been for sunblock - we’d have all been soooo pink
President Nick got up on his ski’s - and then went into the drink!
Followed by fritters and fries, as we sat on the beach
Enjoying the view - there was plenty for each.
Tracey came in, with paints, brushes and all
We now all have paintings, to proudly hang on our wall
Bowling and slots and bumper cars too
Then it was off to the park for pizza and juice
Great fun on the ice was had by us all
With the exception of Lily who did have a fall
The Escape Room for the older ones, they did enjoy
To exit it though, brain cells they had to employ!
Out into a canoe, with their Iifejackets donned,
Yet another event, with each other to bond
Ambassador Jim, for Bingo came in
Prizes for all when a line they did win
The Police dogs amazed us with their incredible skill
No other animals could indeed their shoes fill
A great day was had, at Rainbows End
All tired but happy, as back to camp we did wend
But we decided to go via Denny’s for dinner
After which we all then agreed, was an absolute winner!
Then six Harleys rolled in with a hiss and a roar
Leaving us finally, we all wanted more!
Out on the harbour, we went out in a boat
Happy to be there, on the ocean afloat
Then off to the pools right there at Parnell
So many adventures - to our families we’ll tell
Michele, you have truly, done it again
A fabulous camp - truly 10 out 10!
You’ve been ever so busy tending to, our every need
Making sure we are happy - and you do it all at great speed!
We hope you have all, had trunk loads of fun
Now that camp is almost over and soon will be done
We're homeward bound soon - to our family and friends
But there’ll be camp again next year, where the fun never ends!
Don’t forget now - wear your scars with MUCH pride
DON’T even think they are something to hide
They show everyone just how brave and courageous you are
In comparison to others - you’re quite beyond par!
We know that ‘life’ CAN be hard for you, sometimes, quite full of strife
But go out now, KNOWING we love you - and live your BEST life!
25 January 2021
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