City2Surf Team to Support Burns Survivors
17 June 2013
Boyce will again field a team in the annual City2Surf Challenge to be held on Sunday 11 August. Our aim this year is to raise $25,000 to support the fantastic work of the Burns Support Foundation - it’s a big ask and we're hoping for your generous support to reach our target.
We are proud to support the Burns Support Foundation as our nominated charity in 2013 largely because it’s a very worthy cause that operates without any government assistance, but also because we have a very personal connection with the organisation.
Cooma Director, Julie Schofield, is a burns survivor having sustained a burn injury as a young child. Looking back on what must have been a horrendous time for her and her family, Julie recalls that it was the support and assistance of the Burns Support Foundation that enabled her to cope with the many years of hospital visits and surgeries that followed her injury.
“I was so fortunate to be able to access the counselling, mentoring and practical assistance that the Burns Support Foundation provides to those with burn injuries,” said Julie. "The support I received from the Foundation played an important role in enabling me to become the person I am
today, and I’m so proud that the Boyce team is as passionate as I am about ensuring that the great work they do can continue.”
About the Burns Support Foundation
The Burns Support Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 1990 that receives no government funding, relying entirely on donations and bequests to continue operating. It is managed by burn survivors, relatives of burn survivors and professional staff working for the NSW Severe Burn Injury Service who volunteer their time.
The effects of a severe burn injury continue to reverberate through the emotional life of the family for many years after the original incident. The aim of the Burns Support Foundation is to help patients and their families through these difficult times so that like Julie, all burn survivors can come out the other side with a positive attitude to life and go on to have rewarding family lives and careers.
Support services offered by the Burns Support Foundation include a parent/carer support group, a young adults group, a telephone help line and referral service, newsletters and biannual family camps. The Foundation also provides some direct assistance to individuals such as purchasing high quality wigs and providing financial assistance in circumstances of extreme hardship. Their services are open to all burns survivors and their families.
Bi-annual family camps are one of the main initiatives of the Burns Support Foundation. Known as “Camp Corroboree”, these camps provide a safe environment in which families who have shared similar experiences and similar needs can meet. Camp participants are encouraged to take part in challenging activities that they would not normally have the opportunity to enjoy such as rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing. The camp is unique as it offers burns specific counselling expertise as part of the program.
Boyce Wagga Directors Simon Sellars and Linda Mackellar and their families, along with Elizabeth Timmins, Superannuation Strategist from Cooma, and husband Marty, recently attended a Camp Corroboree held at Stanwell Tops near Sydney. All agree that it is a fantastic initiative and one that allows everyone to “feel normal” and forget that others often see them as burns victims or the family of a burns victim.
“The smiles on the faces of everyone at the end of the camp said it all,” said Linda Mackellar.
The cost of holding the biannual camps is hefty so we hope to raise enough funds to help the Burns Support Foundation continue this wonderful initiative. In the past, with your help, we have raised more than $75,000 for charities through participation in the City2Surf. This year we are ready and rearing to go and calling for your generous support once again.
Join the Boyce team
If you are able to run, jog, jump, skip or walk the City2Surf course, then join the Boyce team for a great time (our unofficial motto is “Work Hard, Play Hard!”). All Boyce City2Surf team members receive a free t-shirt, spectacular views and great company along the 14km route, and a celebratory barbeque and drinks at the end of the race. You can sign up for the City2Surf at http://www.city2surf.com.au/ - enter our team name of “Boyce Chartered Accountants” – and then entice/cajole as many as possible of your family, friends and work colleagues to sponsor you in the event.
Or, make a donation
If you don’t wish to participate in the race, we invite you to make a very worthy contribution by making a donation. Go to the Boyce Team Fundraising page at https://city2surf2013.everydayhero.com/au/boyce-chartered-accountants and click on GIVE NOW. All donations are tax deductible and will be gratefully accepted.
We’d love you to be part of this great day and support this very worthy cause. Make sure to mention it to all your friends, family and colleagues – everyone is welcome to join the Boyce 2013 City2Surf team and help us raise much needed funds for The Burns Support Foundation.
Remember the Burns Support Foundation relies entirely on donations and bequests, so let’s do our very best to help make sure it can continue its great work.
Julie Schofield kicked off the 2013 Boyce City2Surf fundraising with a competition to guess the sex, weight and date of birth of her second child!
For the record, Julie and her husband Glen welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Bella, on Tuesday 28 May at 8.25pm weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces. More than $80 was raised for the Burns Support Foundation – thank you Bella!