On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Julian Burton Burns Trust (Burns Trust) team, I take great pleasure in presenting the Burns Trust Annual Report for 2014/15.
The 2014/15 financial year has been incredibly rewarding. Highlights include the burn injury prevention education delivered to in excess of 50,000 children and their families across South Australia, establishing and delivering Australia's inaugural Burn Survivor Education & Support Forum, facilitating the fifth annual Burns Nursing Seminar, launching the CoolSwipe burns education app aimed at 5-13 year olds and providing over $123,000 in funding through the Clipsal National Community Grants Program for the development of burns prevention initiatives and to advance burns care practices across communities of Australia.
Following on from our change in strategic direction in 2013/14 to deliver burns Prevention, Care and Support, we continue to provide much needed support services to a growing number of burn survivors across Australia. Despite facing challenges that many will never understand, we are continually inspired by their optimism and positive outlook on life.
In 2014/15 we again invested in our Fundraising & Events department with a dedicated Fundraising & Events Manager (0.6 FTE) and Development & Communications Manager (0.8 FTE). This investment delivered substantial dividends, with a community distribution of over $260,000 compared with $94,000 in 2013/14. This community distribution consists in large of the $123,000 Clipsal National Community Grants distribution as well as $131,500 raised for a state-of-the-art Burns Therapy Gymnasium at the Women's and Children's Hospital in SA.
We are extremely proud of our achievements in 2014/15 and exceptionally proud of what the dedicated Burns Trust team has accomplished. We would like to thank our growing number of partners, supporters and volunteers for their contribution to the Burns Trust. Each is instrumental to our work in reducing the incidence and impact of burn injury across Australia.
Thank you also to the burn professionals across Australia and New Zealand who continue to support and inspire our work and who also willingly impart their knowledge and skills to help us deliver our Care and Support programs.
Finally, on behalf of everyone associated with the Burns Trust, thank you for your continued warmth, care and generousity and enabling our work in the burns community.
Julian Burton OAM
Founder & Executive Chair