Bali Bomb Survivor Says Burns Camps Are 'essential'

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For Immediate Release

               


Bali Bomb survivor says Burns Camps are ‘essential’


Galston, NSW -

26

TH

October -

If anyone knows how important it is to have a strong support network and

access to

professional assistance when you need it most, it is Bali bomb survivor Andrew Csabi. Andrew

suffered terrible burns in 2002 when the Balinese nightclub he was in was bombed by terrorists.  After losing a

leg and a foot in the horrific accident as well as sustaining permanent scarring across his body, Andrew admits

that dealing with his injuries was something he really struggled with at first, but through a good support

network and counseling he was able to break through the emotional barriers and move forward with his life. 

Andrew is now running a successful security company in the Gold Coast

and the Harley Davidson enthusiast

gives motivational speeches around Australia to help those with disabilities overcome their individual demons

and assure them that they are not alone.  


After speaking at a Day of Difference Foundation event, Andrew recently learnt about the Family Burns Camps

that Day of Difference

Foundation

fund

and thought that they were fantastic for both the emotional and

physical recovery

of a burns survivor.  Andrew

commented

that,

“if I had

known something like these camps

existed after my experience, I would have definitely participated”.  Andrew is now planning to attend the next

Burns Camp

being held

in May,

to share his experience and inspirational story with the children Day of

Difference Foundation support. 


The Day of Difference funded burns camps are organised and coordinated by burns survivors with the support

of their families and the professionally trained volunteers of the Burns Support Foundation.  The camps provide

a safe environment for burns survivors to feel accepted and regain their self-esteem.  They also enable

survivors and their families to talk to one another about their experiences, seek counseling if necessary and

enjoy some much needed respite.  There is the chance to meet some really special people and make some new

friends.


There are two

family camps a year and on the weekend burns survivors and their families had a great time

enjoying the Family Burns Camp at Galston Gorge, which included

fun and exciting activities throughout the

three-day weekend, such as archery, canoeing, tree-climbing and abseiling, along with group counseling

sessions facilitated by a Support Coordinator. There were 60 families that attended the camp and Ron Delezio,

Chief Executive Officer

and Founder of the Day of Difference Foundation attended the camp with his son

Mitchell on Sunday. Ron Delezio stated that, “it was a fantastic opportunity for the kids and their families to

enjoy the company of others

who have been through similar experiences and try and overcome some of the

emotional strains that are associated with burns.”


The camp was funded by the Day of Difference Foundation, a national children’s charity working for critically

injured kids.  Day of Difference provides much needed hospital equipment and facilities to save children’s lives,

funds research into burns and skin technology and supports critically injured children and their families on their

journey from emergency to recovery.  

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Key Facts


The event took place from 23rd, 24th and 25th October 2009. 


It took place at:                                                                                                                                             

Galston Gorge

8 Crusader Road

Galston NSW 2159

For more information, please contact:

Madeleine Bennett, Day of Difference Foundation

(02) 8920 9000 or 0424 638 855 

maddie@dayofdifference.org.au


About Day of Difference Foundation


Day of Difference Foundation is a national children’s charity founded in November 2004 by the parents of little

Sophie Delezio who suffered unimaginable burns to 85% of her body in a terrible accident at her child care

centre.  Day of Difference provides

much needed hospital equipment and

facilities to save children’s lives,

funds research into burns and skin technology and supports critically injured children and their families on their

journey from emergency to recovery.  The charity also advocates for the safety of children to help prevent

injuries and through community education programs promotes the acceptance of all children who are

different.


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