Four days of workshops, pampering, guest speakers, quiz, fun and laughter with the occasional tear was celebrated by 14 brave and courageous burn survivor ladies from throughout New Zealand.
This invaluable event is so incredibly fortunate to have those that contribute their time, skills and services during the four days.
This year was no exception, we were again truly spoilt by the knowledgeable guests.
On behalf of the ladies attending, Burn Support Group wishes to thank you sincerely and acknowledge your terrific support towards our annual event.
To the many who donate wonderful gifts to the goodie bags, this is so appreciated as we are made to feel so special.
"RETREAT is a safe haven for women to share their stories and feelings about their experiences, it is the perfect opportunity to discuss the feminine issues they may also face. Opportunities to enrich and empower their day to day lives"
On behalf of the Burn Support Group, we would like to make a special mention to Gill Warren. Gill has continued to support this amazing event for the past two years, of which everyone involved is truly grateful. Gill donates financially to the Retreat and also provides crafty diaries for the ladies to reflect upon at a later date.
Also, Jan Steele, former board member who kindly sponsored one of the ladies to this year's Retreat.
A very big shout out to Amanda Gillies and Nick, from TV3 media. Both spent time chatting and interviewing ladies which resulted in a heartfelt tribute story on the TV3 news. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your kindness, empathy and sharing the journeys of beautiful ladies.
On behalf of the ladies, we would like to express our gratitude to Paula Bennett, astounding guest speaker, sharing her own life stories with such vigour, humour and honesty. It was a privilege that Paula offered her time to join us. Highly comical, honest, frank and totally engaging session. Laughter was shared long after Paula had exited, fabulous story teller and wonderful lady! - read more here
THANK YOU to:
Sharleen McClay, Juanita Herewini, Petrice Murdock
Radha Dhanesh, Jordon Wade, Jessika Stephens, Lauren Rainsford, Beatrice Anderson, MacKenzie Shalley, Alice Odonnelly, Shona Kellway, Katja Hetsch, Roxanne Scanlan.
Quiz Master - Nick Nielson
Auckland University Research - Vaughan Fiesst - read more here
Natures Remedies - Melissa Burger
New Zealand Glacial Clay - Leigh Huffman
Thin Lizzy - Joann Niu
Harcourts, Howick - Carol Woods
Maddie About You Ltd - Maddie and daughter Kate Thibaud, fabulous support with photography. If you are looking for a photographer please contact MaddieAboutYou Ltd - highly recommended. Your continued support is much appreciated to the Burn Support Group
The Women's Burn Retreat is available Annually, ladies are transported and treated to a fabulous four-day event in serene surroundings and splendid luxury. It's an experience to share their individual stories, express thoughts and feelings on their journeys and an opportunity to learn strategies and education on techniques that can enrich and empower their everyday lives.
The Retreat is available for 18+ ladies sustaining burns living throughout New Zealand or Australia.
If this is you or you know of someone, please feel free to contact the office:
Burn Support Charitable Trust
270 0640 or 021 863 670
Burn support group charitable trust inc