We arrived at the airport all ready to go
Bags all packed and faces aglow
Hopped on to our plane which was Napier bound
Strapped into our seats - no clowning around!
At the water balloon war, we got very wet
Just one of the activities we wouldn’t forget!
Brayden opened our traditional, circle of sharing -
The Talking Stick . . . . showing how much we were caring
The white water rafting was EVER so thrilling
And the Rapid Relief lunch was deliciously filling
Paint ball, archery and horses to ride
No wonder our smiles were ever so wide!
Riding the horses was fun for those in the saddle
For those not into swimming, there was always a paddle
Shooting with rifles, and pistols too
Soooo many activities - such fun stuff to do!
While the older ones tented, sleeping out until dawn
The others saw a movie - eating bags of pop-corn
More activities on Sunday - Laser Force was such fun
Shooting each other . . . . with colour’d beams from a gun
A waterfront bike ride was, EVER so great
Then it was on to the Fire Station - we tried not to be late
It was there that the firefighters showed us their engines red
Then it was on to McDonalds - where lunch we were fed
Splash Planet was AMAZING - what fun we had there . . .
Floating on The Lazy River, with not so much as a care!
Water fountains and pools and very high rides
Not to mention the squirters and the wild, wet rides
In town we went to the Breakers for dinner
They sure spoiled us - as it was a real winner!
Then it was under the cliffs and over the rocks
To Cape Kidnappers in tractors - really feeling the knocks!
The gannets are such a beautiful bird
But to see them first, our loins we did gird
We saw them after climbing, a really steep hill
President Pete showing us how, with his Ironman skill
Grace and Jayde proved a truly talented pair
For the disco that night, plaiting all the girl's hair
Shannon and Vicki and Priar and Brooke
Camp Mums helping kids, and cleaning each nook
The TV Attitude programme, sent us a crew
They were filming Josh and . . . . maybe some of us too -
We’ll keep you posted when it shows on TV
So you can watch the show, with your whole family
No promises here that you’ll be a star
But what the heck anyway, to us you sure are!
A country Hoe Down was next on our list
An end of camp party is NOT to be missed!
With various items we entertained all the rest
The show was just great - you ALL were the best!
Going home tomorrow, so it’s goodbye to each friend
It’s moments like these, we just wish wouldn’t end . . . .
But next year will come, and we’ll see all of you then
And marvel once more how good it’s all been
We owe much to Michele carefully planning it all
She’s done simply everything - and made it a ball!
She made up the schedule and sussed out the ven-ue
(She worked so hard all year, to raise the dosh too!)
As you go home - recall the fun you have had
Perhaps getting burned wasn’t really so bad???!!!
People will still stare, now you understand why -
They’re just puzzled you look different - so just say “Hi”
“I know I look different - Shall I tell you why?”
When you tell them your story, you’ll soon have a new friend
You'll inspire them so much that their hand they’ll extend
Of your scars you must feel proud, as proud as can be
Because to us, you’re ALL heroes - and ALWAYS will be
To us you’re so special and we are all soooo much in awe
You have suffered soooo much - but how we love seeing you soar!
21 January 2019
Special mention goes to the Napier, Hastings, Gisborne and Waipawa Lions Club for their outstanding support and patience with fundraising efforts to provide the Children's Burn Camp with the necessary vans to transport throughout the city. This makes an incredible difference to the format of Camp, our sincere appreciation in your efforts.
Thank you to the Rapid Relief Team, Napier, for your generous participation; sharing your time and service at the Camp for those attending. Lunch was outstanding and very welcome, as are the wonderful team of people who dedicated their time and support volunteering for this invaluable cause. Thank you for considering the Burn Support Children's Camp as recipients of your great work
Sponsored for Camp
This year 2019, the very generous Karl and Jan Brannigan approached the Charity and very generously SPONSORED one of our very fortunate children to attend Camp. The lucky young lady was Te Arna Teokotai from Christchurch. Te Arna has shared her story previously in the That's Life magazine, a young inspiring courageous girl, always with a willingness to participate in every activity.
We would like to express our huge appreciation to the Brannigans for there kindness. Karl is a burn survivor and having attended Camp in 2018 it has been an on going wonderful relationship. To Karl and Jan we wish you all the very best for 2019 and please don't be strangers within our burn family.
Visit our media or inspirational stories pages to read about Te Arna and Karl's journeys.
Look out for 2020 camp details coming soon.
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