Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Fire Dept News
firefighters pancake breakfast fundraiser for Burn Centre July 1
Released by Michael Hurley, BC Professional
Firefighters Burn Fund
the Chilliwack Fire Fighters this Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1st from 8
a.m. to 11 a.m. for a pancake breakfast served up with all the fixings at Fire
Hall #1, 45950 Cheam Avenue.
Your $5/pp donation will not only
get you a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausages and eggs but
also includes a fire hall and truck tour, so bring the whole family!
Funds raised from this event will
go toward the Chilliwack Fire Fighters’ $75,000 pledge to the NEW
Burn Fund Centre to be built by the BC Professional Fire Fighters’
Burn Fund at 3891 Main Street in Vancouver.
Bring your cameras for
the 10am cheque presentation by the Chilliwack Fire Fighters as they
proudly present their first installment of $30K toward their $75K
Come out and show your support for your local fire fighters and, in
turn, be part of creating the NEW Burn Fund Centre that will support
our province’s Burn Survivors. To date, Chilliwack Fire Fighters
have been joined by 26 other professional Fire Fighter locals
throughout the province for total Fire Fighter contributions
totaling just over $1.3 million.
“We’ve seen firsthand that helping with accommodation for burn and
trauma survivors and their families can be one of the most
significant contributions to help survivors physically and
emotionally recover and live a full life”, says Mike Hurley,
President of the Burn Fund. “We’re so grateful that the Fire
Fighters in Chilliwack have shown such leadership in helping us meet
this critical need.”
The province is experiencing a
critical shortfall in accommodation for burn and trauma patients and
their family caregivers. Patients’ health may be compromised when
they have to return home sooner than medically advised or live in
accommodations not suited to recovery from a burn or trauma.
Each year almost 700 children and
adults from across the province are admitted to the BCPFF Burn,
Plastic and Trauma Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and BC
Children’s Hospital suffering serious trauma. Cases from outside the
Lower Mainland make up 27% of cases, and 60% of those are paying for
private sector accommodation for an
average of eight weeks.
The new $13.1 million Burn Fund Centre will provide eight short-term
stay units to meet the critical shortfall in appropriate
accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family
caregivers. The Centre will also house the offices of the BC
Professional Fire Fighters Association and Burn Fund and include
ground floor retail space to help fund the ongoing operation of the
building. The Burn Fund has secured 85% of necessary funding and is
currently in the midst of a capital campaign.
“Nobody plans to be a burn survivor”, points out Lisa Lacamell,
Executive Director of the Burn Fund, “but when it happens, your
family’s life is turned inside out in a matter of seconds. With our
contributions to research, patient care, survivor support and
prevention we’re trying to give British Columbians their best
chance, the Burn Fund Centre is the missing piece of that legacy.”
The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund has been providing
prevention and survivor support programs, and funding medical care,
training and research to the people of British Columbia and the
Yukon for almost four decades. The Burn Fund's vision is built by
more than 3,800 professional fire fighters from fifty-three
communities in British Columbia and the Yukon who graciously
dedicate their funds, time and expertise.
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