Phoenix Burns Project

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  M&M Fundraiser - 20 May
  The 2017 M&M Fundraiser will take place at Kelvin Grove Country Club on Saturday the 20th of May at 7PM. This annual event, organised by Mrs Anne Pickering in aid of burn survivors, has grown in size each year since its inception in 2013. A few tickets for this year's event are still available. Tickets cost R450 per person. A few tables of 10 seats are still available. Come and join us for a fun-filled evening with lots of valuable sponsored prizes, excellent food and entertainment, all in aid of a good cause.

To book your place, call Anne on 082 809 8170 or click here.

   
  James Haskell endorses ABC Charity Challenge
  England and London Wasps ruby player James Haskell has endorsed the ABC Charity Challenge for the 7th consecutive year. Haskell said, "This is a fantastic opportunity to show your support for Action for Burns and Children, who are raising money on behalf of the Phoenix Burns Project in South Africa. Your support and commitment to the project will help to reduce long-term suffering to the lives of many children who have been badly burnt or traumatised by the horrors of fire. With your help, we are now on our way to giving them a chance of hope for the future and a better quality of life."

To find out more about the ABC Charity Challenge, click here.

   
  Gearing up for the ABC Charity Challenge 2017
  Phoenix and ABC are both gearing up for the 2017 Charity Challenge, which will take place from 29 October - 4 November 2017. Participants in the event will undertake an incredible journey coverning several hundred kilometres from George to Cape Town along along the beautiful Garden Route. The Challenge is working towards raising GBP 200,000 for paediatric burn survivors in South Africa. This will be the 7th
consecutive year of the Charity Challenge, which has become
the signature fundraiser for Phoenix. To find out more about the
event, visit the ABC Charity Challenge website.
   
  Phoenix and European Burn Association
exchange experiences in burn care
  Comprehensive burn care draws on a wide range of specializations beyond medicine and surgery. These include a wide group of allied non-medical professionals, such as Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Dieticians and other professionals associated with burn care. It is often difficult for members of these allied professions to attend major international burn congresses, so Phoenix and the European Burn Association's PAM Committee teamed up to organise a workshop in Cape Town from 16-18 January 2017 where practioners from Europe and South Africa were able to network and share their experiences in burn care.
   
  Phoenix provides interactive audiovisual
equipment to support physio in the ward
  Burn survivors often need to follow a regimen of exercises as part of their rehabilitation. Children often find these exercises repetitive and boring. Popular experience (which is also supported by research) shows that children tend to carry out their physio exercises much more enthusiastically if they are part of a game. To this end, Phoenix recently installed an interactive XBox games system in the Burn Unit at Red Cross Children's Hospital. The system is equipped with a number of interactive games. The children love the virtual environment and no longer have to be coaxed to visit the physio room in the ward. The physiotherapists simply choose the games that require the movements they wish to see the children performing. The system also doubles as an entertainment centre for the ward.
   
  Phoenix equips therapy room in the
Burns Unit at Red Cross Hospital
  The therapy room in the Burns Ward at Red Cross Children's Hospital was recently equipped by Phoenix with a sturdy table and ten chairs, as well as coffee and tea facilities, to facilitate group meetings for mothers. Most mothers of children with burn injuries suffer feelings of guilt and depression that can compromise their ability to support their child effectively in the ward. Group sessions with the ward psychosocial counsellor and adult art therapy sessions bring out these issues and provide a supportive forum to discuss them. The therapy room's informal "kitchen table" atmosphere helps to create a safe space where the mothers feel free to express their thoughts and feelings, and is conducive to effective therapy.
   
  Time to stock up for winter - Fire Kit Appeal
  With the onset of summer we are starting to see a marked reduction in the number of burnt children admitted to hospital. The quieter summer months provide an opportunity for us to stock up our Fire Recovery Kits, which are in demand during the peak fire season in the winter months. This is because, in informal settlements, open flames are used for lighting, heating and cooking. The cold temperatures, and longer hours of darkness in winter, mean that many more fires are lit, for longer times, than during the summer months, thus increasing the risk of shack fires. A dramatic video shows how rapidly a fire spreads in a shack.

Phoenix's Fire Recovery Kits are given to people who lose all their possessions in a shack fire. The kit comes in a sturdy 100-litre box that contains blankets, crockery, cutlery, toiletries,
and other items needed in the immediate post-fire recovery period. We appeal to individuals, schools, companies, churches and other groups to consider sponsoring a Kit or some of the items contained in the Kit. Each Kit costs R3800, or
about € 270. For more information, please contact us.