This year has seen a huge growth in fundraising activity at the Burns Trust. This year much of our fundraising activity centred around the Women's & Children's Hospital Burns Therapy Gymnasium project and our "Splash of Colour" Burns Ball. We are extremely grateful for everyone's support with our fundraising endeavours, enabling us to make a greater difference in reducing the incidence and impact of burn injury in the community.
$131,500 for Burns Therapy Gymnasium at the Women's & Children's Hospital
This year with the support of a two month Mix 102.3 "Burn to the Bay" radio campaign and supported by the fundraising efforts of the Burns Trust Melbourne Marathon Challenge, we raised $131,500 for a state of the art Burns Therapy Gymnasium at the Women's & Children's Hospital in SA. Works started on the gymnasium in January 2015 with the facility officially opened on the 22nd of April, attracting a lot of interest from print media, radio and TV.
The gymnasium includes state of the art equipment including a climbing wall, specialised Pilates and stretching equipment, pulleys, exercise bands, free weights, treadmills, exercise bikes and therapeutic balls. The gymnasium will greatly aid in the recovery and long term outcomes of paediatric burns patients and is also available for use by patients with muscular skeletal injuries and conditions.
This project was supported by platinum sponsors KeyInvest, Clipsal by Schneider Electric, Clarke Energy and gold sponsor Thirsty Camel. We also received overwhelming support from the local community and our corporate and community partners.
This year our "Splash of Colour" Burns Ball was a great success. On the back of the Women's & Children's Hospital Project, this event attracted record numbers of 400+ and raised $63,000 net profit for our burns prevention, care and support initiatives. The event also provided us with a great opportunity to formally present the cheque for $121,500 to the Women's and Children's Hospital. This was later supplemented with an additional $10,000 community contribution. The evening was sponsored by platinum sponsors Clarke Energy, Clipsal by Schneider Electric and KeyInvest, gold sponsor Thirsty Camel with beer and wines supplied by Coopers and BolderTM Wines respectively.
Our "Burn to the Bay" City to Bay campaign continues to be a great signature event for the Burns Trust. This year it was boosted by the support of Mix 102.3 and our numbers increased from 75 in 2013 to over 400 participants in 2014. The event provided a strong branding opportunity and this year raised over $108,800 towards the Women's and Children's Hospital Project. A big thanks to our corporate partners for supporting this event by entering corporate teams, namely Clipsal by Schneider Electric, KeyInvest, AGL, NAB, QBE and Voiteck.
Community & Partner Fundraising
For the fourth consecutive year, Gas Works and Bosch teamed up to raise funds to support the Burns Trust through their $30 Winter Hot Water cash back scheme where $30 from every Bosch Highflow hot water system sold at the Gas Works stores was donated to the Burns Trust.
Julian Burton OAM, Executive Chair & Founder of the Burns Trust was honoured to be the key note speaker at the recent MLC Roadshow. Presenting to MLC Financial Advisors in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Julian shared his inspiring story to over 1000 conference delegates. Thank you to MLC for choosing the Burns Trust to be the charity beneficiary.
Alexander Symonds also committed $15,000 over three years to support our prevention, care and support initiatives. In June, they also hosted a Hawaiian inspired Movie Night in support of the Burns Trust, Childhood Cancer Association and RSPCA. This contributed a further $800.
NAB has committed to continue their long standing partnership with us with a focus on raising much needed funds to advance our support strategy. In 2014/15 we launched the Rebound Burns Survivor Fund, partnered with the NAB which relies on the fundraising efforts of the NAB retail branches in SA & NT with each branch working with their own communities to fundraise. Funds are then distributed through a committee with referrals by burns unit hospital staff and community professionals. In 2014/15 we provided funding to two burn survivors to support them on their road to recovery post hospitalisation.