Fort St. John firefighters donate $10,000 to Burn Camp

Fort St. John firefighters recently donated $10,000 to the BC Burn Fund's annual camp for young burn survivors.

Traditionally held for one week in July, this year's 27th annual Burn Camp went virtual, with 100 survivors and firefighters tuning in for music and entertainment that included water fights and a Jumanji-themed cheque rescue mission.

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“The Burn Fund is the charity of all BC fire fighters and I am so proud of all of them who raise funds in their off duty time to support their home communities and continue to raise funds to support burn survivors in BC and Yukon,” Gord Ditchburn, president of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, said.

A total of 29 firefighter Locals and eight young burn survivors announced their donations to Burn Camp, despite COVID-19 cancelling numerous fundraisers.

Youth fundraising totalled $18,185 and included everything from classic lemonade stands to a school-wide travel mug fundraiser. Firefighters from across BC and the Yukon raised another $181,883, for a grand total of $200,068.

To date, the Fort St. John firefighters have donated more than $470,000 to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, and are among the top donors in the province.

The firefighters announced this year's $10,000 donation in a hilarious cheque presentation video that saw them, along with firefighters from Port Alberni and Campbell River, compete in a virtual water fight.

More than 1,000 children from across B.C. have attended the camp since 1994. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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