A generous donation from Vernon is helping to give burn victims a chance at recovery
With a construction completion date slated for this month, the finishing touches are being applied to the new Burn Fund Centre in Vancouver.
“Providing accommodation for burn and trauma survivors and their families can be one of the most significant contributions to assist survivors physically and emotionally recover and live a full life”, said Michael Hurley, president of the Burn Fund.
“We’re determined to give survivors in B.C. the best chance at recovery with this new home-away-from-home.”
The Kiwanis Club of Vernon Four Seasons recently donated $50,000 to the project. The gift will purchase the furniture for each of the eight suites on the accommodation floor.
“The Burn Fund Centre was an idea borne from the visionary firefighters of our province who recognized that providing this type of accommodation was absolutely essential,” said Hurley.
“Fuelled by this understanding, they went about making it their utmost priority and have worked diligently to enable the project to become a reality.”
To date, 27 professional firefighter locals across B.C. and the Yukon have contributed $1.3 million to assist with the $13.1 million project.
In addition, Vernon, West Kelowna and Penticton firefighters have partnered together, pledging $75,000 for the naming opportunity of the study on the accommodation floor.
A further gift of $4,000 has been presented by Vernon firefighters raised during the annual R.F. Brett Memorial Golf Tournament.
“Such generous donations have certainly contributed to moving this project ahead at an accelerated pace,” said Hurley.
The Burn Fund Centre will provide eight short-term stay, free of charge, furnished accommodation suites with communal great room; library; outdoor spaces and family kitchen.
The centre will be a home away from home for British Columbians needing to travel to Vancouver under emergency circumstances for medical treatment due to burn and major trauma injuries; patients in hospital discharge transition; or returning for follow up treatment. The centre will also continue to offer its current burn and safety awareness education and survivor programs and resources. The street-level retail component will help sustain the ongoing operation of the centre.
Each year, almost 700 children and adults from across the province are admitted to Vancouver General Hospital and B.C. Children’s Hospitals suffering serious trauma. A critical shortfall in provincial accommodation means a patient’s 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 injury.
To make a donation, visit burnfund.org or call 604-436-5617.
The B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund has been providing burn prevention and survivor support programs, and funding medical care and training for the people of B.C. for almost four decades. The Burn Fund’s vision is built by more than 3,900 professional firefighters from 53 communities who dedicate their funds, time and expertise.